Antonio Mancini - John Lowell Gardner, Jr., 1895

Antonio Mancini (Albano Laziale, 1852 - 1930, Rome)

John Lowell Gardner, Jr., 1895

Oil on canvas, 104 x 74 cm (40 15/16 x 29 1/8 in.)


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Commissioned by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the artist Antonio Mancini (1852-1930), Rome for 1,500 lire in April 1895 at the suggestion of the artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925).
Painted by the artist in the Palazzo Barbaro, Venice from April to May 1895 .


Inscribed (upper right): A Mancini – Venezia.

Dimension Notes

Frame: 124.3 x 94.3 cm (48 15/16 x 37 1/8 in.)


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Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), pp. 219-22.
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 125.
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Corinna Lindon Smith. Interesting People (Norman, Oklahoma, 1962), p. 156.
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Dario Cecchi. Antonio Mancini (Turin, 1966), pp. 155-56.
George L. Stout. Treasures from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1969), pp. 130-31, ill.
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Ulrich W. Hiesinger. Antonio Mancini: Nineteenth-Century Italian Master. Exh. cat. (Philadelphia Museum of Art: Philadelphia, 2007), p. 71.
Manuel Carrera. "Antonio Mancini in Inghilterra. Il rapporto con John Singer Sargent." Storia dell'Arte 133, no. 33 (2012), p. 155, fig. 6.
Paolo Plebani. "Lotto in Accademia Carrara Not sulla 'fortuna' dell'artista" in Accademia Carrara. Un lotto riscoperto. Exh. cat. (Bergamo: Accademia Carrara, 2016-2017), pp. 57-59, fig. 3.

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Isabella and her husband, John “Jack” Gardner, met Mancini in Rome in April 1895. They bought the pastel, "The Little Groom" (found in the Blue Room on the first floor) and arranged for the painter to follow them to Venice to paint this portrait. It was the year of the first Biennial International Exhibition in Venice. Mancini was sending two pictures to it, and the proposal enabled him to be at the opening. The portrait was painted at the Palazzo Barbaro, where Mr. and Mrs. Gardner were staying with their friends, expatriates Daniel and Ariana Curtis.