Autograph letter signed to George Henschel. John Singer Sargent.

Autograph letter signed to George Henschel

Publisher Information: London.

Sargent, John Singer (1856-1925). Autograph letter signed to George Henschel (1850-1934). Bifolium. 4pp. London, “Aug. 6,” n.y. [1915 or after]. 177 x 112 mm. Small tear along central fold, light toning but very good.

Chatty letter from American artist John Singer Sargent to his friend, the German-born British baritone George Henschel, whose portrait Sargent had painted in 1889:

"My dear Henschel, Many thanks for so cordially repeating your kind invitation—if I could make any plans I would accept it with pleasure.

"I have not the slightest recollection of the incident referred to in that old letter—evidently something to do with a portrait, but whose [I don’t] know.

"You will perhaps already have made acquaintances with some people who are summering at Aviemore [Scotland], Sir Arthur & Lady Crosfield—she is Greek, and very agreeable—a champion tennis player and, they say, an excellent pianist. I did a drawing of her father the other day, Mr. Elladi, & he said they are all going to Aviemore. I did not give them a card to you, as you may prefer not to be bothered with summer trippers—but here is a card to them in case you feel inclined to use it over and above your rights as a resident.

"Kindest messages to Lady Henschel and to Georgiana, yours ever John S. Sargent."

Sir Arthur Crosfield (1865-1938) and Domini Crosfield (1884-1963) were both Liberal Party politicians; she was also, as Sargent mentions, a championship tennis player. Sargent’s portrait of Henschel is now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Book Id: 46432

Price: $750.00

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