Loch Moidart, Inverness-shire (3), 1896

by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925)
Watercolor and pencil on paper
10 x 13⅞ inches

Provenance

The artist

Emily Playfair, gift from above, ca. 1898

Lilias Playfair and Edith Playfair, daughters of above, 1916

(Edith) Mary Price and Penelope Rose Price, daughters of Edith Playfair, 1956

Sale, Sotheby’s, London, United Kingdom, November 4, 1992, lot 15

Sale, Christie’s, London, United Kingdom, November 23, 1993, lot 70

Private collection

Private collection, New York, New York

Exhibited

Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom, Exhibition of Works by the Late John S. Sargent, R.A., January 14­–March 13, 1926

Literature

Exhibition of Works by the Late John S. Sargent, R.A. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1926), 74, no. 506.

William Howe Downes, John S. Sargent: His Life and Work (London: Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1926), 368.

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent, vol. 5, Figures and Landscapes, 1883–1899 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2010), 295, 360, no. 990.

Related Works

Loch Moidart, Inverness-shire (1), 1896, watercolor and pencil on paper, 9¾ x 13½ inches, inscribed lower right; Private collection

Loch Moidart, Inverness-shire (2), 1896, watercolor and pencil on paper, 9¾ x 13½ inches, inscribed lower right; Private collection

Scotland, 1897, watercolor on paper, 13 15/16 x 10 inches, inscribed on verso; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York

Note: In the fall of 1896, John Singer Sargent visited Eilean Shona, a tidal island in Loch Moidart on the west coast of Scotland, as the guest of William and Emily Playfair who had become close friends with the artist. During his stay, Sargent painted three watercolors of the island and surrounding loch, which he later gifted to Emily Playfair. At the time, the island held a small community and offered a serene landscape.

Artist Biography

By Chelsea DeLay

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Memberships
VI. Suggested Resources
VII. Notes

I. Biography

Born in Florence on January 12, 1856, John Singer Sargent was the son of two expatriates, Dr. Fitzwilliam Sargent and his wife Mary Newbold Singer Sargent. Sargent’s nomadic upbringing resulted from his parents’ constant travel throughout Europe; his early exposure to various cultures and languages instilled Sargent with a social ease that enabled him to easily form friendships. Sargent’s mother placed a great importance on nurturing his premature interest in art, essentially laying the foundation for his future career as an artist when she

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