N03993 John S. Sargent c.1875
Inscribed 'N. Cain | Paris' b.l.
Oil on canvas, 16 1/8 x 13 (41 x 33)
Presented by Arthur Heseltine 1924
Prov: Arthur Heseltine
John Singer Sargent, RA (1856-1925), the American portrait painter. A label on the back bears the inscription (in French): 'Made in the atelier Carolus-Duran by Nevil-Cain [sic] American artist of St Louis United States of America in 1874 or 1875. Given to Arthur Heseltine'. Sargent studied at the atelier Carolus-Duran (where Cain was a fellow-student) from 1874 to about 1879.
A similar-sized portrait by Cain of 'Richard Sargent Esq. of Boston' (a distant cousin, who was also an artist) was in the John S. Sargent sale at Christie's on 27 July 1925, lot 275, and was said in the catalogue to have been painted in Carolus-Duran's studio in 1875. Neville Cain also drew caricatures of many members of the studio and Sargent stuck them into a scrapbook which is now in the Fogg Art Museum at Cambridge, Mass.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.91, reproduced p.91