Artwork for Sale
Dordrecht, Holland, 1885 (circa)
Inscriptionssigned, ‘J. Hammond’ (lower right); inscribed, titled and signed, ‘Johnsons frame/20 ½ x 26/ Dordrecht Holland/ $200/ J. Hammond’ (verso, label)
Estate of the artist
ExhibitionsPossibly Toronto, Kay Store, Murray-Kay Co Ltd., Exhibition and sale of paintings from the Johnson Art Galleries Limited of Montreal with whom is associated Mr. John Hammond, R.C.A., 27 October 1917, no. 39.
An egotist and a genius. A skillful brush and a sharp tongue. Five feet three inches tall, curls, loose collar, square-toed boots and the face of a satyr. His etchings are the equal of Rembrandt’s. An amazingly clever painter, writer, lecturer, and wit.
He had a perfect horror of death and disease. I remember one day at Dordrecht, Holland, he was painting a window full of groceries and the children gathered around, crowded him. The nearest, a sickly boy, kept coughing, which annoyed him so much that he pushed the child away. And suddenly the window curtain dropped. Whistler turned to me and wanted to know why this had happened. It appeared that the child belonged to the grocer and he had seen Whistler push his boy away and so dropped the curtain on his vegetables- and on Whistler’s picture.
Whistler’s famous portrait of his mother was refused by the jury of the Royal Academy, but on being requested to reconsider it, they accepted it, and it was hung in ‘85. It is a picture worthy to be hung with any picture ever painted.
John Hammond, Glimpses from a Storied Life, p.8