Apr 28, 2022 - Sale 2602

Sale 2602 - Lot 298

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
Head of a Young Woman (Portrait of Beatrice Stewart).

Lithograph on thin wove paper, double-sided with the impression of the subject on both sides, 1905-1925. 597x455 mm; 23 3/4x17 1/2 inches (sheet), wide margins. Artist's proof. One of only 4 known impressions.

Provenance: Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944), the artist and friend of Sargent, Southwell, Nottingham; thence by descent to William de Belleroche and Gordon Anderson, Brighton; private collection, New York.

Welsh-born artist Albert de Belleroche (1864-1944), credited as one of the greatest lithographers of the 20th century, was instrumental in Sargent's (1856-1925) foray into lithography. The two met in Paris while both studying under Carolus-Duran (1837-1917) in 1882. They created several portraits of each other; Sargent's 1883 oil on canvas portrait of Belleroche, now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, remained in Sargent's possession throughout his life. After Sargent moved to London following the Madame X scandal, he was introduced to lithography by Frederick Goulding, and no doubt encouraged by Belleroche. When in 1905, Belleroche asked Sargent to draw his portrait on transfer paper with lithographic crayon to accompany an article in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts, Sargent liked the printed proofs from Paris so much so that he and Belleroche arranged for Beatrice Stewart to model for the present lithograph. Dodgson 6.