Catalogue entry

N03711 ESSIE, RUBY AND FERDINAND, CHILDREN OF ASHER WERTHEIMER 1902

Inscr. ‘John S. Sargent. 1902’ b.l.
Canvas, 63 1/2×76 1/4 (161·5×193·5).
Presented to the National Gallery by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes 1922; transferred 1926.
Coll: As for N03705.
Exh: New Gallery, summer 1902 (251), as ‘Children of A. Wertheimer, Esq.’; Glasgow Institute, 1905 (136).
Lit: Robert Ross, ‘The Wertheimer Sargents’ in Art Journal, 1911, p.8, repr. p.1; Downes, 1925, pp.56, 198, repr. facing p.208; Charteris, 1927, p.270; Mount, 1955, pp.225, 437; McKibbin, 1956, p.130; Mount, 1957, pp.187, 346.
Repr: Kunst für Alle, XXIII, 1907–8, p.31; Manson and Meynell, 1927, n.p.

Essie (Mrs Eustace H. Wilding, 1880–1932?) and Ruby (1889–1942?) were the fourth and sixth (and youngest) daughters of the Wertheimer family, and Ferdinand the fourth and youngest son, who later changed his name to Ferdinand (‘Bob’) Joseph Conway (1888–1950). The group was painted at 8 Connaught Place, London, where it hung over the mantelpiece in the dining-room. The poodle ‘Noble’ appears again here, along with Ferdinand's bulldog and another dog.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II