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Portrait of Major George Conrad Roller

signed John S Sargent and inscribed To my friend Roller, l.r.--oil on canvas laid down on board
16½ x 17in. (42 x 43.5cm.)
Mrs. Reginald G. Eves
Mr. and Mrs. John Mathias, England
By descent in the family to the present owner
D. McKibbin, Sargent's Boston, Boston, 1956, p. 120.

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C. Ratcliff, John Singer Sargent, New York, 1982, p. 138, fig. 201.
Major George Conrad Roller (1856-1941) was an established artist and illustrator in the 1870s. In addition, he served as Sargent's framer and restorer. In one instance, he restored Sargent's portrait of Henry James when it was slashed by an angry suffragette while it was on exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1914. The present portrait relates to the Prophet Hosea, the last figure in Frieze of Prophets located on the northwest wall of the Boston Public Library completed in 1916.
This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonna© being compiled by Richard L. Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray.

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