This is a lithograph on paper, the sheet 25 1/2" by 19 1/2", watermarked along the left edge "B. Crayon XXXX Manufre. Canson & Montgolfier Vidalon-les-Annonay", circa 1920, signed in the plate by the internationally famous American expatriate artist JOHN SINGER SARGENT (1856-1925), after a charcoal and graphite drawing of 1913 now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The history of this print is that it was made after the drawing, (which I believe was of similar size), that drawing in turn having been made after socialite and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was photographed in a "Bakst costume" by then famous fashion photographer Baron Adolf de Meyer. I have not been able to find much information on the print but it is certainly of the period, highly collectable, and printed originally on very high quality paper (Canson is still in business, producing fine quality paper for artists). The National Gallery of Australia has a copy in its collection. The present example is in compromised condition, having likely been rolled in the past (and it shows creasing consistent with that handling); there are also a number of other flaws, including edge tears, a missing corner at top right and a missing portion at lower left edge, and two small punctures near the top. I have intentionally darkened and made more contrasty the photos showing the watermark, in order to make it easier to see. Despite the flaws, the print is scarce and desirable. Proper framing will mask many of the condition issues, leaving a beautiful and historic print. Presently a simple black metal modern frame is available at no extra charge (no glass). The print is taped at the corners to the black card backing. See the net for much, much more on one of the most famous artists of his era.
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