• Important American Paintings,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2225

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    2 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 82

    John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

    Portrait of Lady Theodosia Cadogan

    Price Realised  


    John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
    Portrait of Lady Theodosia Cadogan
    signed 'John S. Sargent' (lower right)
    charcoal on paper
    23¾ x 18¾ in. (60.3 x 47.6 cm.)
    Executed circa 1912.

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    Lady Theodosia Cadogan was the wife of Sir Alexander Cadogan, son of the fifth Earl Cadogan. Known better by her maiden name, Theodosia Acheson, she was also painted by John Singer Sargent in a portrait with her sisters, The Ladies Alexandra, Mary and Theo Acheson of 1902, which is presently in the Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth. The oil portrait was likely commissioned by the sisters' grandmother, then Dutchess of Devonshire.

    This charcoal drawing has been reviewed and accepted by the John Singer Sargent Catalogue Raisonné Committee.


    Sir Alexander Cadogan.
    Private collection.
    Christie's, London, 9 June 1978, lot 31 (as Portrait Study of Lady Acheson).
    Private collection, acquired from the above.
    By descent to the present owner.


    D.McKibbin, Sargent's Boston: With an Essay & a Biographical Summary & a Complete Check List of Sargent's Portraits, Boston, Massachusetts, 1956, pp. 81, 87 (as Lady Theodosia (Acheson) Cadogan and Lady Theodosia Acheson).