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Albert de Belleroche:
Portrait of Dr O Conner
Unframed (ref: 319)
Signed in pencil, titled on the reverse
Oil on canvas
25 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (64.7 x 52 cm)
Provenance: Gordon Anderson; private collection since 2007
Dr. Pozzi painted by John Singer Sargent
The Parisian Samuel-Jean Pozzi palled around with royalty and wrote one of the first major textbooks on gynecological surgery. He was an early patron of Sargent, and, among other things, collected antiquities, sculpture, and tapestries. Viewers of the portrait, where the doctor lounges in a crimson bathrobe while fingering his lapel, will probably not be surprised to learn that he was also considered “a sensualist and an aesthete,” according to the catalog.