The History of Special Collections at Brown University

John Singer Sargent Portrait of John Hay

John Singer Sargent
Portrait of John Hay. Oil on canvas. Washington, 1903.

During the month of February, 1903, John Singer Sargent painted John Hay's portrait. In a letter written to his daughter, Helen Hay Whitney, Hay wrote facetiously: "It is an odd thought that most of my reputation will depend on this picture." The following year, Augustus Saint-Gaudens began his bust of Hay and completed it just before Hay's death on 1 July 1905.

John Hay Collection. Gift of Hay's grandson, John Hay.