Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Phelps Stokes

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
1897
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
84 1/4 x 39 3/4 in. (214 x 101 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Edith Minturn Phelps Stokes (Mrs. I. N.), 1938
Accession Number:
38.104
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 771
Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (1867–1944) married fellow New Yorker Edith Minturn (1867–1937) in 1895. A friend of the couple commissioned as a wedding gift a portrait of the young bride from the acclaimed expatriate John Singer Sargent. Initially, the artist selected an evening gown for the sitting, but soon decided to portray Edith Minturn Stokes in sporty daywear with a Great Dane at her side. Her husband had "a sudden inspiration," he later recalled, when the dog became unavailable, and "offered to assume the role of the Great Dane in the picture." The compelling result was soon regarded as one of Sargent’s most important double portraits.
Related Objects

Hand of a Spanish Dancer

Artist: John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London) Date: ca. 1880 Medium: Graphite on off-white wove paper Accession: 50.130.143s verso On view in:Not on view

Classical Ornament and Greek Lekythoi (from Scrapbook)

Artist: John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London) Date: ca. 1878 Medium: Pen and ink on off-white wove paper Accession: 50.130.154e2 On view in:Not on view

Classical Ornament and Warrior (from Scrapbook)

Artist: John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London) Date: ca. 1878 Medium: Graphite on off-white wove paper Accession: 50.130.154e3 On view in:Not on view

Tripod (from Scrapbook)

Artist: John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London) Date: ca. 1878 Medium: Graphite on tracing paper Accession: 50.130.154e4 On view in:Not on view

Classical Ornament (from Scrapbook)

Artist: John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London) Date: ca. 1878 Medium: Graphite on tracing paper Accession: 50.130.154e5 On view in:Not on view