portrait of Edward Robinson The Library’s budget, however, was exhausted, and in June 1895 the trustees agreed that a public subscription might raise $15,000 to pay for the additional work, comprising lunette compositions and new panels on the east and west walls. Edward Robinson, curator of classical art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at the time, and a lifelong friend of Sargent, chaired the subscription effort. The money was raised within weeks.
John Singer Sargent, Edward Robinson, 1903. Oil on canvas, 143.5 x 92.1 cm The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. Edward Robinson, 1931*
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