John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Graphite on off-white wove paper
4 3/16 x 7 3/16 in. (10.6 x 18.3 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Not on view
Inscription: [on verso]: Chorus- / And its home deary home / And its home or ought to be / Its home deary home in the old country- / Where the oak and ash / And the bonny birchen tree / Are all growing green in the old country / Where the oak and ash / And the bonny birchen tree / Are all growing green in the old country- / Oh! I lived in an inn / In Rosemary lane / And gained the good will / Of the inmates within / Until there I pass I by / A sailor boy so bold / And that was the beginning / Of the sad tale to be told. / And when it got dark / The sailor boy grew tired / & asked for a candle / To light him to bed- / I gave him the candle / As an honest maid should / When he said and he swore / I should get to bed too.
the artist, until d. 1925; his sisters, Mrs. Francis Ormond (Violet Sargent) and Miss Emily Sargent, until 1936 (Emily Sargent's death); Mrs. Francis Ormond, until 1950