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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
A Venetian Woman in a Scarlet Shawl ("Gigia Viani")
Other Titles
Former Title: Head of Gigia Viani
Former Title: Head of a Sicilian Girl
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
35.6 x 27.6 cm (14 x 10 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: u.l., red oil: John S. Sargent; u.r.: 1880
  • label: back of stretcher, ink, typewritten: Head of a Sicilian Girl / Painted by John Singer Sargent, N.A., R.A. / (born 1856-died 1925) / Signed above, John Singer Sargent, and dated 1880 / Formerly in the collection of the late Burton Mansfield, New Haven, Conneticut / Formerly in the collection of the Leicester Galleries, London / Formerly in the Collection of the late George H. Boughton, R. A. / Exhibited at Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Loan Exhibition of Paintings, 1911 / Exhibited at Morgan Memorial, Hartford, Connecticut 1920.
  • label: back of stretcher, paper, printed and handwritten: No. 895


Recorded Ownership History
Possibly given by the artist to George Henry Boughton; his widow, Mrs. Boughton; her sale, Christie's, London, June 9, 1906, lot 90, titled "Head of a Girl with Red Shawl."; Fifth Avenue Galleries, New York; purchased from them by B. A. Collins, 1906; Leicester Galleries, London; purchased from them by Burton Mansfield, New Haven, 1907; his sale, Anderson Galleries, New York (through American Art Association), April 7, 1933, lot 51, titled "Head of a Sicilian Girl."; purchased by Scott & Fowles, New York [Scott & Fowles paid $450]; purchased by Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, March 26, 1934 [ Winthrop paid $900]; his bequest to the Fogg Art Museum, 1943.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art


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Publication History

  • Charles Merrill Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, W. W. Norton & Company (New York, NY, 1955), p. 428, no. 805
  • Richard Ormond, John Singer Sargent: Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors, Harper & Row (New York, NY and London, England, 1970), p. 29
  • John Singer Sargent, His Own Work, exh. cat., Coe Kerr Gallery, Inc. (New York, NY, 1980), in checklist, unpaginated
  • Linda Ayres, "Sargent in Venice", exh. cat., ed. Patricia Hills, Whitney Museum of American Art / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1986), p. 64, fig. 38
  • A Painter's Painting: John Singer Sargent's "A Spanish Woman (Gigia Viani)", auct. cat., Pyms Gallery (London, England, 1998), pp. 11-13, fig. 6, repr. in b/w
  • Bruce Robertson, ed., Sargent and Italy, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art/Princeton University Press (Los Angeles, CA and Princeton, NJ, 2002), p. 75
  • Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2006), no. 799, repr.; p. 316
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 297-98, cat. no. 314, reproduced in color, p. 298
  • Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2012), p. 98 (note 6)
  • Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1908-1913, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2014), p. 103 n. 6

Exhibition History

  • Loan Exhibition of Paintings, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 01/01/1911 - 12/31/1911
  • Exhibition of Paintings, Pottery and Glass loaned by loaned by the Honorable Burton Mansfield of New Haven, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 04/13/1920 - 10/31/1920
  • Sublimations: Art and Sensuality in the 19th Century, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/13/1996 - 07/21/2002
  • For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

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