JOHN SINGER SARGENT | GENERAL SIR JOHN COWANS
100,000 to - 150,000 USD
JOHN SINGER SARGENT
(1856 - 1925)
GENERAL SIR JOHN COWANS
Signed John S. Sargent (upper left) and dated 1920 (upper right)
Oil on canvas
21 ⅛ by 17 ⅛ in. (53.7 by 43.5 cm)
Framed: 29 by 25 in. (73.7 by 63.5 cm)
Painted in 1920.
The canvas is lined and the edges are trimmed. There is very minor frame abrasion along the extreme edges. Under UV: there are a few thin lines of inpainting in the figure's proper right forehead and neckline.
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Estate of the artist (and sold: Christie's, London, July 24, 1925, lot 155)
Viscount Cowdray, London
Richard L. Thune and Adelson Galleries, New York, 1998
Adelson Galleries, New York
Private Collection, Massachusetts (acquired from the above)
Pierce Galleries, Inc., Nantucket, Massachusetts (acquired from the above)
Acquired by the present owner from the above in 2006
Major Desmond Chapman-Huston & Major Owen Rutter, General Sir John Cowans, G. C. B., G. C. M. G., the Quartermaster General of the Great War, vol. I, London, 1924, illustrated as a frontispiece
William Howe Downes, John S. Sargent: His Life and Work, London, 1926, p. 329
Evan Charteris, John Sargent, London, 1927, p. 277
Charles Merrill Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, New York, 1955, no. 226, p. 442
David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, 1956, p. 90
Richard Ormond & Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits, vol. III, New Haven, Connecticut, 2003, no. 593, pp. 260, 307, illustrated p. 260
The present work is a head-and-shoulders study for the figure of Sir John Cowans in General Officers of World War I (1920-22, National Portrait Gallery, London), which was one of three works commissioned from John Singer Sargent by the South African millionaire Sir Abe Bailey to commemorate the generals, admirals, and statesmen of the First World War for presentation at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Cowans served as Quartermaster-General to the Forces in the British Army from 1912-19. He is featured at the center of the grouping in General Officers of World War I.