This study shows a young woman napping against a haystack, shaded from the bright sunshine by the brim of her straw hat. Marks drawn through the paint with the reverse end of the artist’s brush suggest the texture of the hay. Although famous for his society portraits, Sargent depicted his family and friends more informally. This young woman may be his cousin, painted when Sargent joined his family on the Brittany coast in the summer of 1875.


Miss Elizabeth E. Bourne, New York; to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York); to Stephen C. Clark, 1919; to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York, September 23, 1931); to Robert Sterling Clark, February 13, 1934.

John Singer Sargent

American, 1856–1925


c. 1875

Oil on canvas

8 1/2 x 10 9/16 in. (21.6 x 26.8 cm) Frame: 13 1/2 x 15 7/16 x 2 in. (34.3 x 39.2 x 5.1 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1934




Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.