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john singer sargent: Madame X (detail) Oil painting. 1883-84. Sargent's famous and controversial work. Here we have a large detail. Sargent had originally painted the woman's right strap (our left) slipped off her shoulder and onto her arm. After the critical storm, he repainted the strap onto the shoulder as we see it now
John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925). Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Phelps Stokes, 1897. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Edith Minturn Phelps Stokes (Mrs. I. N.), 1938 (38.104) | The Stokes were married on August 25, 1895, and the portrait by Sargent was a wedding gift from James A. Scrimse. Sargent's first intention was to paint a single portrait of Edith, but then he decided to paint her with a Great Dane. When the dog was no longer available I. N. Phelps Stokes took his place.