In 1876, Sargent made his first visit to the United States, accompanying his mother and sister Emily to Philadelphia. A year later, his portrait of family friend Fanny Watts, now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, gained him his first acceptance into the Paris Salon. In the same year, he worked with his teacher, Carolus-Duran, on ceiling decorations for the Palais du Luxembourg, Paris. As Sargent grew to adulthood, travels with family gave way to painting and sketching trips with other artist friends, including Paul Helleu (1859–1927).
Paul Helleu, ca. 1880, detail
Pastel on paper, 49 x 43.9 cm
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Bequest of Mrs. Annie Swan Coburn
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