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Lot 220John Singer Sargent
American, 1856-1925
Portrait of Louis Alexander Fagan, 1893
Signed and dated John S. Sargent 1893 (ur) and dedicated To my friend Fagan (ul)
Oil on canvas
30 1/4 x 25 1/8 inches (76.8 x 63.8 cm)

Formerly in the collection of Louis Alexander Fagan
Arts Club, London, England
Sale, Sotheby's, London, July 20, 1966, lot 14
Julius Weitzer
David David, Inc., Philadelphia
Sloan & Roman, 1968
Hirschl & Adler, New York, New York
International Business Machines, New York, acquired in 1968
Sale, Sotheby's, New York, May 25, 1995, lot 61

IBM traveling exhibition, Portraits by American, Sep. 1970 - Jun. 1972
San Jose, CA, San Jose Museum of Art, Portraits by Americans: Eighteen Portraits from the IBM Collection, Dec. 1976 - Jan. 1979
New York, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, American Images: Selections from the IBM Collection, Jun. - Jul. 1984
New York, IBM Gallery of Science and Art, Selected Works from the IBM Collection, Nov. 1985 - Jan. 1986

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Complete Paintings; Volume 2, Portraits of the 1890s, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002, no. 291, illus. p. 71
David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1956, illus. p. 95
Charles Merril Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, London, 1957, no. 9410, p. 343

Sold for $118,750
Estimate $80,000-120,000

Glue-relined. Along the top edge at the center and along the edge at the lower right there is some inpainting. There are also a few scattered touches in background. In the sitter's earlobe there are a few touches of inpaint as well, these are no bigger that pin pricks. The area around the sitter's hand shows up a bit dark under UV light. This may be due to the presence of old varnish. The work has isolated areas of craquelure. Stretcher bar marks are visible in raking light.

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