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SARGENT John Singer - Autograph Letter Signed sending Miss Wagg her portrait

  • £625.00

John Singer SARGENT (1856-1925)

Autograph Letter Signed (“John S. Sargent”) to “Dear Miss Wagg”, promising to send her picture the following day.
3 pages 8vo, 31 Tite Street, n.d. [“Friday”, c. 1893] 
“I am so sorry you did not get my answer to your telegram to say that I couldn’t be in but that if you called the picture could be shown you. I wrote the telegram but nobody seems to have taken it, and yet it is not to be found.
My man tells me you like the background - & want the picture sent … so I will send it tomorrow. Have just telephoned to Bryanston Square & find that you are away – I told the servant to expect the picture tomorrow.
I hope you really do think it is improved – I do.”
Sargent’s portrait of Elsie Wagg, dating from the 1890s, shows an evidently strong-minded young woman in a high-necked white dress, seated on a pale blue bergère against a background of blue skies and white clouds. Miss Wagg was later awarded an MBE for initiating and organizing the National Garden Scheme, opening private gardens to the public for a modest entrance fee, with the proceeds going to the Queen’s Institute of District Nurses. The scheme proved so successful that it became an annual event.


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