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Breakfast in the Loggia

Oil painting
Artist: John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
Historical period(s)
Oil on canvas
H x W: 51.5 x 71 cm (20 1/4 x 27 15/16 in)
United States
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
In 1894, Charles Lang Freer went to Italy to visit the villas and gardens recommended by Charles Adams Platt, the architect who later designed the Freer Gallery of Art. The trip strengthened Freer's admiration for Italian Renaissance architecture and may have influenced his decision to buy this painting in 1917. Breakfast in the Loggiarepresents a Florentine villa on a bright autumn morning. A marble statue of Venus, the embodiment of beauty, presides over the women dining in the sun-dappled arcade, which resembles the loggia of the Freer Gallery courtyard.

To 1917
Robinson and Farr, Philadelphia to 1917 [1]

From 1917 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Robinson and Farr, Philadelphia on March 1, 1917 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] Object file.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Robinson and Farr
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
eating, United States, woman
Collection(s) Area
American Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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