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John Singer Sargent, R.A. (1856-1925)

John Singer Sargent, R.A. (1856-1925)

The Green Parasol

pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
18 3/4 x 13 3/4in. (47.5 x 35cm.)

Executed circa 1910
with Lefevre Gallery, London
Geoffrey Blackwell O.B.E., to whom given by the artist

Lot Essay

A watercolour of the same title is in the collection of the Museum of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and this was exhibited at the New English Art Club in 1910. William Howe Downes describes this work as part of 'a most amusing and charming series of figure pieces in which the doings of two or three ladies on a vacation among the Alps are reported. ... This set might be called the Adventures of the Green Parasol, as that article of use and adornment appears and reappears from time to time in these playful sketches from Switzerland'
(W.H.Douglas, John S. Sargent His Life and Work, London, 1926, p.272)

Thomas Geoffrey Blackwell, O.B.E. was Deputy Chairman of Crosse and Blackwell Ltd. and Director of the company from 1905. He was a great patron of the Arts and was the local representative of the National Art Collections Fund. A frequent correspondent of Philip Wilson Steer and his patron and supporter for thirty-four years, Steer wrote to Blackwell of Sargent's sudden death 'I feel his death very deeply as he was such a good friend to me and always exactly the same'
(D.S. MacColl, Life Work and Setting of Philip Wilson Steer, London, 1945, p.71)

This work will be included in the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonne by Odile Duff and Richard Ormond

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