Letter to Isabella Stewart Gardner from London, 14 April 1889
John Singer Sargent (Florence, 1856–1925, London)
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In 1899, while John Singer Sargent was living abroad in London, U.S. newspapers erroneously reported that the artist had died. So as not to worry his friend in the Fens, Sargent sent a telegram posthaste to Isabella Stewart Gardner at her Beacon Street home. The telegram to Mrs. Gardner–received on her 49th birthday–simply read:
Alive and kicking
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