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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Saint Teresa of Avila
Work Type
c. 1903
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Physical Descriptions

Watercolor over graphite on off-white wove paper
37 x 25.2 cm (14 9/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.r., graphite, in artist's hand: S. Teresa--Avila


Recorded Ownership History
To the artist's sisters, Violet (Mrs. Francis) Ormond and Emily Sargent, at his death, 1925; gift of Mrs. Ormond to the Fogg Art Museum, 1937.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • John Singer Sargent, His Own Work, exh. cat., Coe Kerr Gallery, Inc. (New York, NY, 1980), in checklist, unpaginated
  • Alison Weber, "The Fortunes of Ecstasy: Teresa of Ávila and the Discalced Carmelite Reform", Harvard Divinity Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, 1999), vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 11-15, pp. 11,12,15, ill. p. 11, cover
  • 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. 324-25, cat. no. 342, reproduced in b&w
  • Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2012), no. 1249, repr. p. 124, p. 342
  • Sarah Cash, Elaine Kilmurray, and Richard Ormond, Sargent & Spain, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC, 2022), cat. no. 119, repr., pp. 199, 246

Exhibition History

  • Sargent in the Studio: Drawings, Sketchbooks, and Oil Sketches, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/10/1999 - 09/26/1999
  • John Singer Sargent, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 12/14/2000 - 03/18/2001
  • Sargent & Spain, National Gallery of Art, 10/02/2022 - 01/02/2023; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, 02/11/2023 - 05/14/2023

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