John Templeman Coolidge - John Singer Sargent Painting in the Gothic Room, 1903

John Templeman Coolidge (Boston, 1856 - 1945)

John Singer Sargent Painting in the Gothic Room, 1903

Platinum print, 16.2 x 13.7 cm (6 3/8 x 5 3/8 in.)


Object details

Accession number


Object Case

Sargent / Whistler Case


Probably a gift from John Templeman Coolidge to Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1903.


David McKibbin. Sargent's Boston, with an Essay and Biographical Summary and a Complete Check List of Sargent's Portraits (Boston, 1956), pp. 47-50.
Alan Chong. "Mrs. Gardner's museum of myth." Res 52 (Autumn 2007), pp. 212-220.
Christina Nielsen (ed.). Sargent on Location: Gardner's First Artist-in-Residence. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2018), p. 28, ill. p. 32, fig. 19, p. 57, no. 6.

Rights and reproductions

The use of images, text, and all other media found on this website is limited. Please review Rights and Reproductions for details.


John Singer Sargent was the first artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. During the month of April 1903 he slept in a guest room (now called the Macknight Room) and created new works of art in his temporary studio, the Gothic Room. John Templeman Coolidge, an artist and friend of Isabella’s, took several photographs of Sargent painting the portrait of Gretchen Osgood Warren and her daughter Rachel in the Gothic Room. These candid pictures show Sargent in a whirl of activity with brush and palette in hand—and a cigarette in his mouth.