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Charles Sprague Pearce, 1851-1914

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1851
Place of Birth: Boston, MA
Date of Death: 1914.04.18
Place of Death: Paris


Charles Sprague Pearce was a genre, figure and portrait painter.


Pearce exhibited between 1882 and 1884 at Arthur Tooth and Sons Gallery and the Society of British Artists, a society which elected JW its President in 1886. In July 1894 Pearce, who was on the jury for the International Exposition in Antwerp, was in correspondence with JW, having proposed JW for a medal of honour for his contributions to the exhibition which included Symphony in White, No. 2: The Little White Girl (YMSM 52), Arrangement in Brown and Black: Portrait of Miss Rosa Corder (YMSM 203) and Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Señor Pablo de Sarasate (YMSM 315), and possibly Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso (YMSM 73), Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Battersea Reach (YMSM 152) and Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel (YMSM 169). However, the medal was not awarded because JW's works were executed before 1885, the date of the last International Exposition in Antwerp (#00192).


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, 1956-61; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1880; Young, Andrew McLaren, Margaret F. MacDonald, Robin Spencer and Hamish Miles, The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler, New Haven and London, 1980.