Portrait of Mrs. J.P. Morgan, Jr. (nee Jane Norton Grew, 1868-1925)

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John Singer Sargent
Oil on canvas with some impasto areas.
58 x 36 inches (1473 x 914 mm)
Gift of John P. Morgan, II.

Contrary to the artist's inscribed date of 1906, Mrs. Morgan apparently sat for Sargent between 1904 and 1905 when she was 36 years old.
The Boston-born Jane "Jessie" Norton Grew married J. P. Morgan, Jr., in 1890. Sargent painted her portrait in 1904-5 in London, where the Morgans had lived since 1898. Jessie Morgan noted in her scrapbook that Sargent "thinks it the best work he has done this year. He arranged a mirror so that I could watch him paint. It was thrilling to see him work." The following year, Sargent largely ceased the time-consuming work of painting portraits in oil, favoring the expediency of charcoal. While a drawn portrait could be completed in two to three hours, Jessie Morgan sat to Sargent thirteen times for this painting. Sargent declined to paint her husband's portrait the following year. -- Exhibition Label, from "John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal"

Signed and dated at upper right "John S. Sargent. 1906."
Mrs. J.P. Morgan; by descent to her son, Junius S. Morgan (donor's father); by descent to John P. Morgan, II.
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