Mrs. Jacob Wendell

Mrs. Jacob Wendell
Mrs. Jacob Wendell
Oil on canvas
Canvas: 60 1/4 x 36 in. (153 x 91.4 cm)
Portrait of Mary Barrett Wendell (1832-1912) by John Singer Sargent. The fifty-six-year-old woman wears a splendid gown accented with iridescent Indian beetle-wing embroidery, her hair is fashionably dressed, and she is flanked by a luxuriant arrangement of hydrangeas.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Roger and Susan Hertog Charitable Fund and Jan and Warren Adelson
Object Number 
Signed lower left: "John S. Sargent" Dated upper right: 1888
Gallery Label 
John Singer Sargent painted this portrait of Mary Barrett Wendell (1832-1912) in May 1888, at the close of his first professional foray on American soil. The sitter was a daughter of the Boston merchant Nathaniel Augustus Barrett and the former Sally Dorr. Both families had deep colonial roots and the Dorrs had made a fortune in the fur trade. She married Jacob Wendell in Boston in 1854, approximately a year after he had moved from his native Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and joined the firm of J.C. Howe & Co., agents in woollen sales.
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Creative: Tronvig Group