Sargent probably painted this canvas at Fladbury Rectory, an old house he rented in Worcestershire, England, where he was joined by his mother, his sisters, Emily and Violet, and other guests. “V & Katie Vickers” is inscribed in an unknown hand on the tacking edge of the canvas. “V” presumably refers to Violet, wearing a black dress because her father, Dr. FitzWilliam Sargent, had recently died. The woman in the white frock cannot be identified; no Katie Vickers is known in the Sargents’ circle. In any case, the artist was concerned not with capturing individual likenesses but with creating a daring two-dimensional pattern in black, white, and green.
Inscription: [on tacking edge]: V & Katie Vickers
the artist, until died 1925; his sister, Violet Sargent (Mrs. Francis Ormond), London, 1925–1950