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    Sale 2003

    Important American Paintings, Drawings And Sculpture

    21 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 84

    John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

    Man and Woman on a Bed

    Price Realised  


    John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
    Man and Woman on a Bed
    signed 'John S. Sargent' (lower right)
    oil on board
    11¼ x 8¾ in. (28.6 x 22.2 cm.)
    Painted circa 1880-82.

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    The present work depicts the advancements of a gentleman on an unsuspecting woman is more than an improvised sketch by Sargent. Three related studies were executed at this time, two of which are in the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts. According to Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, Sargent's use of the woman's rolling eyes, the flower clenched in the teeth and her resisting arm associates the work to the painting El Jaleo in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts.


    Violet Sargent (Mrs. Francis Ormond), sister of the artist, 1925.
    Alex Reid and Lefevre Ltd, London.
    Acquired by the present owner, circa 1960s.

    Pre-Lot Text



    Sargent Trust List of Pictures and Drawings, London, 1927, no. 1 (as Spanish figures of Man and a Woman sitting on a bed).
    R. Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882, New Haven, Connecticut, 2006, p. 278, no. 775, illustrated.