List of illustrations

  • Sketch for Classic and Romantic Art, Apollo's head, detail
  • Newspaper clipping: Noted Artist to Install Mural Painting at Library
  • El Jaleo intalled in the Spanish Cloister
  • Rotunda of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Model of the Rotunda for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Architecture, Painting and Sculpture Protected by Athena from the Ravages of Time
  • Construction Workers on the Southeast Terrace of Vizcaya
  • Negroes Bathing (reproduction clipped from a popular magazine)
  • John Singer Sargent and Isabella Stewart Gardner at A. Piatt Andrew's Home, Red Roof
  • Workmen on Scaffolding of the Rotunda of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Massasoit, Great Sachem of Wampanoags
  • Sketch for Apollo and the Muses
  • Apollo and the Nine Muses (rotunda decoration)
  • Stairway of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Death and Victory
  • Entering the War
  • Study for Entering the War
  • Study for Entering the War
  • Letter, detail
  • Bas-relief of two classical male figures jumping hurdles
  • Abbott Lawrence Lowell
  • Atlas and the Hesperides, detail
  • Hotel Vendome, Boston, Mass.
  • John Singer Sargent
  • A group of men stand in front of the destroyed printing press of the Daily Record
  • United States Census showing Thomas McKeller
  • Pope Building, Boston
  • An African American Man Sitting Outside in Lower Roxbury
  • Thomas Eugene McKeller’s United States World War I Draft Registration Card
  • The Bathers
  • Dark Rapture (James Baldwin), detail
  • Study of a Seated Male Nude for the Rotunda or Grand Staircase of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, detail
  • Study of a Seated Male Nude for the Rotunda or Grand Staircase of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, detail
  • Sketch for the Sphinx and the Chimaera (Rotunda)
  • The Sphinx and the Chimaera
  • Watson and the Shark
  • Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial
  • The Birth of a Nation, advertisement
  • NAACP members picketing outside the Republic Theatre, New York City
  • Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin at the American Cultural Center, Paris
  • The Strange Taxi: From Africa to Jamaica to Boston in 200 Years, detail
  • Sister Devonia O’Grady’s 16th birthday
  • Sister Devonia O’Grady’s 16th birthday
  • Boston Public Library’s Children’s Room
  • A corner of the reading room in Lorraine O’Grady’s storage space in New York
  • Lorraine O’Grady’s yearbook photo Girls’ Latin School, Boston
  • The Strange Taxi: From Africa to Jamaica to Boston in 200 Years
  • Father Edwin O’Grady
  • Mother Lena O’Grady, Age 85, Boston
  • Lorraine O’Grady in her apartment at 55 Wildersgade Christianshavn Copenhagen
  • 50th Reunion, Girls’ Latin School Class of 1951
  • The Fir Palm
  • Study of a Male Nude
  • Achilles, after the Antique
  • A Male Model Standing before a Stove
  • Young Man in Reverie
  • Figure Study
  • Copy of the Barberini Faun
  • Study of a Male Nude Figure
  • Two Heads of a Bearded Man
  • Life Drawing of a Reclining Male Nude
  • An Ethiopian Chief
  • Venetian Doorway
  • Henry James
  • John S. Sargent in Harper’s Magazine
  • Henry James
  • George Henschel
  • Kneeling Male Nude with Drapery
  • Reclining Male Nude
  • Thomas E. McKeller, detail
  • Thomas E. McKeller, detail
  • Study for cartouche over Music, Youth Seated
  • Study for cartouche over Astronomy, Youth
  • The Sponge Diver
  • Negress, White and Gold
  • Vaslav Nijinsky in Le Pavillon d’Armide
  • Man and Trees, Florida
  • Snake Charmer
  • Glenn Ligon installing the doublesided banners for his project Good Mirrors Art Not Cheap in the upper level of the Galleria, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Grace Elvina, Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston
  • Portfolio of studies for the murals at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in the Short Gallery
  • John Singer Sargent Drawing Ethel Barrymore
  • Long Gallery
  • The Drawing Room, 152 Beacon Street
  • Yellow Room
  • Musicians Case, Yellow Room
  • Guest Book, Volume III
  • Berenson Case, Blue Room
  • Blue Room
  • Presidents and Statesmen Case, Long Gallery
  • Sargent and Whistler Case, Long Gallery
  • Study of a Seated Male Nude in a Roundel for the Rotunda of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Study of a Seated Male Nude (in Roundel)
  • Study of Two Male Nudes for a Cartouche
  • Study of Two Male Nudes for the Cartouche over Prometheus
  • Study of a Seated Male Nude
  • Study of Perseus for Perseus on Pegasus Slaying Medusa
  • Study of a Seated Male Nude
  • Study for cartouche over Music, Youth Seated
  • Study of a Seated Male Nude
  • Study for Eros and Psyche
  • Study for Eros for Eros and Psyche
  • Study for Chiron and Achilles
  • Study for Chiron and Achilles
  • Chiron and Achilles
  • Study for Three Dancing Figures
  • Study for Three Dancing Figures
  • Study for Three Dancing Figures
  • Study for Three Dancing Figures
  • Study for Classic and Romantic Art
  • Classic and Romantic Art
  • Study for Apollo in Classic and Romantic Art
  • Study for Classic and Romantic Art
  • Thomas E. McKeller
  • Study of a Seated Male Nude with Extended Leg
  • Thomas McKeller, detail of wings
  • Dark Rapture (James Baldwin)
  • Beauford Delaney’s studio
  • Untitled (Portrait of a Young Man)
  • Letter from John Singer Sargent to Thomas A. Fox
  • Letter from John Singer Sargent to Thomas McKeller
  • Cast of an Urn for the Rotunda of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Rosette for the Rotunda Ceiling Moldings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Fireplace at Green Hill, Brookline, Massachusetts (home of Isabella Stewart Gardner)
  • Letter and Envelope from John Singer Sargent to Thomas A. Fox
  • Check for $20 from John Singer Sargent to Thomas A. Fox
  • Newspaper tribute to John Singer Sargent
  • Letter from Thomas McKeller to Thomas A. Fox
  • Letter from Thomas McKeller to Thomas A. Fox
  • Letter from Thomas McKeller to David McKibbin
  • Letter from Thomas McKeller to David McKibbin
  • Notes about Thomas McKeller
  • Notes about Thomas McKeller
  • Letter from David McKibbin to Richard Ormond
  • Rotunda, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Stairway and Side Aisles, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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~I am proud to introduce this catalogue of Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent, exploring the story of two men, model and artist, black and white against the background of a city and a country undergoing profound social upheaval at that time. Isabella Stewart Gardner knew them both. She, and the drawings Sargent gave her,...
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~In February 2017, digging through a storage cabinet in search of a set of Whistler etchings, I came across a large portfolio. Contained inside were ten stunningly beautiful large-format works on paper signed by Gardner’s friend John Singer Sargent. The nine charcoal drawings and one collotype depicted bodies in whole and part, both women and a man. He...
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What do John Singer Sargent’s (1856–1925) painting of Atlas (1921–25), his mural Entering the War (1922), and his portrait of Abbott Lawrence Lowell (1923–24) have in common with Cyrus Dallin’s (1861–1944) sculpture of Massasoit (1920)? At first glance, very little....
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Description: Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent
Sometime in 1916, Thomas E. McKeller encountered John Singer Sargent in an elevator at Boston’s Hotel Vendome, participating in an exchange that would impact the lives of both men. Twenty-six-year-old McKeller was a hotel...
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Related print edition pages: pp.41-61

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In 1916, at Isabella Stewart Gardner’s home at Fenway Court, a British guest asked John Singer Sargent whether he was painting any portraits, and he stated with “a wry face”: “No. I’m only painting mountains and niggers.”Mount 1969, 337. Sargent’s racist comment deliberately...
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Related print edition pages: pp.63-81

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In Boston, where I grew up in the 1930s and ’40s, my family of recent Jamaican immigrants shared a small block with even more recent Irish immigrants...
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Sensuous. Forthright. Beautiful. Desirable. Submissive. Erotic. Vulnerable. John Singer Sargent’s oil sketch of Thomas McKeller can appear to be any of those things, depending upon each viewer’s identity and perspective. The artist’s intentions...
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Related print edition pages: pp.99-115

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Henry James (fig. 64) and John Singer Sargent moved through the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as mirror images of each other. As artists, they loved what was ornate in paint or in language, what was highly wrought and fully adorned. The fashionable men and women Sargent painted and the female figures whom James imagined in his novels and stories were...
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Related print edition pages: pp.117-131

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John Singer Sargent spent most of his life in Europe but he knew the value of his American citizenship. In his later years, as he strove to elevate his artistic status on both sides of the Atlantic, he focused on works deemed loftier than the society portraits that had been his ticket to wealth and fame. These endeavors included mural projects for three institutions in Massachusetts (as well as...
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Within the last several years of her life, the collector and museum founder Isabella Stewart Gardner received a notable gift from her longtime friend John Singer Sargent. Sargent had recently completed the mural cycle within the rotunda of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and presented Gardner with a set of nine preparatory drawings and a collotype related to his...
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