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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Charles William Eliot (1834-1926)
Charles William Eliot (1834-1926)
Work Type
Creation Place: Europe, United Kingdom, England, London
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
257.8 x 160.7 cm (101 1/2 x 63 1/4 in.)
framed: 299.7 x 193 x 17.8 cm (118 x 76 x 7 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: John S. Sargent, 1907

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift by subscription from students and various Harvard clubs to the trustees of the Harvard Union, 1907
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • "President Eliot's Jubilee, March 20, 1904", The Harvard Graduates' Magazine (Cambridge, MA, March 20, 1904), vol. XII, pp. 590-96, p. 591
  • "Mr. Sargent's Portrait of President Eliot", Harvard Graduates' Magazine, Harvard Graduates' Magazine Association (Boston, December 1907), vol. 16, pp. 241-44, pp. 241-244
  • Forbes Watson, "John Singer Sargent", The Arts, Hamilton Easter Field (Brooklyn, N.Y., 1924), V (March), pp. 140, 149, pp. 140, 149
  • Leila Mechlin, "The Sargent Exhibition: Grand Central Art Galleries New York", The American Magazine of Art (April 1924), vol. XV, no. 4, pp. 168-190, p. 170, ill. p. 187
  • Nathaniel Pousette-Dart, John Singer Sargent, Frederick A. Stokes Company (New York, 1924), ill.
  • Retrospective Exhibition of Important Works by John Singer Sargent, exh. cat., Grand Central Art Galleries (New York, NY, 1924), repr. p. 21
  • A Catalogue of the Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the Late John Singer Sargent, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1925), no. 97
  • William Howe Downes, John S. Sargent, His Life and Work, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1925), p. 223
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, A Catalogue of the Memorial Exhibition of the Works of the Late John Singer Sargent (Boston, 1926), no. 100
  • Evan Charteris, John Sargent, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY, 1927), p. 273
  • Henry James, Charles W. Eliot, President of Harvard University, 1869-1909, Houghton Mifflin Company (London, 1930), appendix H
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 50-52
  • Charles Merrill Mount, John Singer Sargent: A Biography, W. W. Norton & Company (New York, NY, 1955), pp. 276, 300, 439
  • David McKibbin, Sargent's Boston, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1956), cat. no. 40, p. 69
  • Richard Ormond, John Singer Sargent: Paintings, Drawings, Watercolors, Harper & Row (New York, NY and London, England, 1970), p. 58
  • John Singer Sargent, His Own Work, exh. cat., Coe Kerr Gallery, Inc. (New York, NY, 1980), in checklist, unpaginated
  • Trevor J. Fairbrother, Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., William L. Vance, and Erica E. Hirshler, The Bostonians: Painters of an Elegant Age, 1870-1930, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston, MA, 1986), pp. 296-297, 353nn. 22, 23, 24, p. 354 n. 25, fig. 78
  • Bruce Robertson, ed., Sargent and Italy, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art/Princeton University Press (Los Angeles, CA and Princeton, NJ, 2002), pp. 185-186, repr. in b/w
  • Elaine Kilmurray and Richard Ormond, Sargent e l'Italia, exh. cat., Ferrara Arte SpA (Ferrara, Italy, 2002), p. 226, under no. 26
  • Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits, Yale University Press (New Haven CT and London England, 2003), pp. 196-197, no. 542, repr. in b/w
  • 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. 327, cat. 345, ill.
  • Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2012), p. 217

Exhibition History

  • Retrospective Exhibition of Important Works of John Singer Sargent, Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, 02/01/1924 - 03/31/1924
  • Sargent's Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 01/03/1956 - 02/07/1956

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