DescriptionWILLIAM SERGEANT KENDALL (American, 1869-1938)
Portrait of Mildred Stokes, 1901
Oil on canvas
40 x 32 inches (101.6 x 81.3 cm)
Mildred Stokes, acquired from the above;
By descent through the family of the above.
United States Embassy, Moscow, Russia, "The Art in Embassies Program," July 2010-June 2011.
United States Embassy, The Art in Embassies Program, exhibition catalogue, Moscow Russia, 2010, pp. 12-13, illustrated.
Mildred E. Phelps Stokes was a member of the highly prominent Anson Phelps Stokes family of New York. She had four brothers and four sisters. Her oldest brother, Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes and his wife were painted by John Singer Sargent in 1897 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). As a member of one of the wealthiest families in America at the turn of the century, Mildred wears an exquisitely detailed and undoubtedly fashionable dress with matching fan. Kendall had sent Mildred a letter from his studio at 26 West Eight Street dated April 14, 1901: "Dear Miss Stokes: Shall you be able to pose for me tomorrow-Monday-morning? I shall be ready for you any time after half-past ten, in the chance of you coming bring with you any old fan you may happen to have; as I may want to use it. Sincerely yours, William Sargeant Kendall."
Glue-lined canvas; under UV exam, appears to be spots of in-painting along left edge, scattered pinpoints of in-painting in wall paper in upper left and upper right quadrants, area of in-painting around mirror at center top edge, crack-fill in-painting in woman's left arm and hand, and heavy in-painting along bottom edge. Framed Dimensions 54.5 X 46.5 Inches
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