John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on white wove paper
13 15/16 x 9 15/16 in. (35.4 x 25.2 cm) Mat: 19 1/4 × 14 1/4 in. (48.9 × 36.2 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Not on view
Sargent abandoned this composition before completing it, creating a droll juxtaposition between the unfinished face of the woman and the more detailed and very charming likeness of the dog. With characteristic fluidity, Sargent suggests the dog’s soft fur and big pink tongue with just a few brushstrokes.
Inscription: [on verso at lower left]: SW
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