DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
Tom ROBERTS | Madame Hartl

England 1856 – Australia 1931-09-14
Australia 1869-81, England 1881-85, Australia 1885-1903, England 1903-23, Australia from 1923
Madame Hartl c.1909
oil on canvas
114.5 (h) x 76.6 (w) cm
signed l.r., oil "Tom Roberts", not dated
Purchased 1969
NGA 1969.151

Madame Ruby Hartl wore this spectacular Italianate costume of La Tornabuoni to the Chelsea Arts Club Annual Costume Ball at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 1909. Towards the end of that year Roberts asked whether Hartl would pose for him in her costume. The frame for this painting was carved by his wife, Lillie.

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