N03658 MISS ELIZA WEDGWOOD AND MISS SARGENT SKETCHING c. 1905–14
Inscr. ‘John S. Sargent’ b.l.
Watercolour, 19 3/4×14 (50·5×35·5).
Bequeathed by William Newall 1922.
Charteris records (1927, p.170) that Sargent went abroad every autumn after his mother's death in 1905, to go on sketching expeditions, and was always accompanied by his sister Emily and either the de Glehns or Miss Eliza Wedgwood, or the Misses Barnard, or Mrs Ormond and her children. An oil portrait of Miss Wedgwood's mother was shown at the N.E.A.C., winter 1909 (55). This watercolour sketch must date from between 1905 and 1914, when the war put a temporary end to the artist's continental tours. Another watercolour of the same sitters, probably done on the same occasion as N03658, belongs to F. Guillaume Ormond of Truro.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II