Otto Rosenheim - Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1906

Otto Rosenheim (Germany, 1871 - 1955)

Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1906

Gelatin silver print, 20.3 x 25.4 cm (8 x 10 in.)

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Object details

Accession number

P33w35

Provenance

Probably a gift from Otto Rosenheim to Isabella Stewart Gardner in 1910.

Marks

Embossed (lower right): O R in an oval

Bibliography

Rollin van N. Hadley (ed.). The Letters of Bernard Berenson and Isabella Stewart Gardner 1887-1924 (Boston, 1987), pp. 465-466, 469.
Christina Nielsen (ed.). Sargent on Location: Gardner's First Artist-in-Residence. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2018), p. 39, fig. 27.


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Commentary

While she collected and created photographs throughout much of her life, Isabella Stewart Gardner rarely sat for professional photographers. This portrait of Gardner holding a large, unclasped volume in her hands was taken by Dr. Otto Rosenheim, a noted biochemist and amateur photographer, in London in 1906. Several years later, the photographer wrote to Gardner to ask if she might autograph a print for him to send to art historian Bernard Berenson, who was “delighted” with the original image.