PAUL TURNER SARGENT

1880-1946

 

 Paul Turner Sargent painting in his studio, which was attached to the Sargent farmhouse, Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois.    The image appeared in the 6 April 1941 issue of the Decatur (Illinois) Herald and Review newspaper.  The painting on the easel is included below.

Photo courtesy of Eastern Illinois University.

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THE SARGENT COLLECTION

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Wheel Ruts in Dirt Road, c. 1910

 

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Embarras River Overlook, South of Charleston, Illinois, 1918

 

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Sargent Farm Buildings in the Snow, 1919

 

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Sargent Farm Buildings with Boy and Sled, c. 1920

 

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Dappled-Stream. c. 1920

 

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Margaret "Pearl" Sargent Cox (1871-1941), the artist's sister, c. 1920s

 

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The Sargent Chicken Yard, c. 1920s

 

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Haywagon's Full, c. 1920s

 

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Loading the Thresher (unfinished), c. 1920s

 

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Loading the Thresher, c. 1920s

 

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Farmhands Resting, c. 1920s

 

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The Waterboy [Joe Collins, 1908-1969], c. 1920s

 

Betsy and Tracy Feeding from a Wagon, 1922

This painting was on a wall of Sargent's studio at the time of his death.

 

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Split Rail Fence, 1923

 

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Indiana Beech Grove, 1924

This a Brown County, Indiana, scene.

 

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Oak and Vista, 1924

This a Brown County, Indiana, scene.

 

painting, Sargent, Spotlight on Rolling Hills, 1925.jpg (92082 bytes)

Spotlight on Rolling Hills, 1925

This a Brown County, Indiana, scene.

 

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Redbuds in Bloom, 1926

 

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Ring with Redbuds, 1926

 

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Slumbering Swine, 1926

 

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In the Deep Woods, 1926

 

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Winter Chores in the Sargent Farmyard, 1926

The woman to the left is Anna Turner Sargent (1848-1924), the artist's mother, and she is probably returning to the main house kitchen entrance with provisions from the hen house or root cellar.   At the middle-background, holding an axe, is the Sargent farmhand Ernie A. Cox (1887-1971).  The identity of the young man unloading firewood from the large sled is unknown. The boy pulling the child's sled is Joe Collins (1908-1969), a nephew of Ernie Cox. The animals are the cat Blackie, the team Betsy and Tracy, and the collie Ring.

This painting has a pathos not typically found in the works of Sargent. What is brought to mind is that life had not really changed much in rural communities for hundreds of years.   And yet, the life depicted here is so very different from that of just a generation-or-so later.  (Electricity was brought to the farm in 1948.)

 

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Log Cabin of James and Polly Rennels, 1928

James and Polly Rennels were among the earliest settlers of  Coles County, Illinois,  and their home dates to c. 1836.  It originally stood in Hutton Township (Section 32),  then, in 1926, the structure was moved to Morton Park, Charleston, Illinois.  Samuel Stephen Sargent (1892-1957), the artist's brother, was in charge of the dismantling and reconstruction.  Only the stone center chimney and the back-to-back fireplaces survive to this day.  For additional information on the Rennels home and this painting, please click here.

 

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Betsy and Tracy, 1928

 

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Cabin Above the Fog, 1928

This scene in the Smoky Mountains and was most likely painted by Sargent while on a drive to Florida to visit his father.

 

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Spanish Moss over the Estero River, Estero, Florida, 1928

The building in the background may be the Estero Inn, which was built ca. 1910 on a curve in the Estero River west of Sandy Lane.  To see a photograph of the Estero Inn, please click here.

The artist made six trips to Florida to visit his father, John S. Sargent, who was a member of the the Koreshan Unity Settlement and lived in Estero, Florida, from c. 1893 until his death in 1932.  

 

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Floweree Hunting Lodge / Horne Home, Braman Creek, Floweree Citrus Grove, Estero, Florida, c. 1928

In 1902, Daniel Floweree, a successful cattleman from Helena, Montana, who developed a citrus grove along the northern edge of the Estero River to the east of the Koreshan Settlement, built this hunting lodge on Braman Creek, a tributary of the Estero River.  When he died, in 1912, the lodge became the home of the citrus grove's manager.  At the time of this painting, John C. Horne was the overseer.  A photo of the structure, which was demolished in the 1970's, may be seen here.

 

painting, Sargent, Live Oak with Spanish Moss, Estero, Florida, 1929, cleaned.jpg (201890 bytes)

Live Oak with Spanish Moss, Estero, Florida, 1929

 

painting, Sargent, Cabbage Patch, 1929.jpg (249519 bytes)

Backyard Cabbage Patch, 1929

 

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Exposed Roots, 1929

 

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Yellow Beech, 1929

 

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Rocks Park Boat Landing on the Embarras River, Coles County, Illinois, c. 1930

During the late 19th century and the early 20th century, The Rocks, located on the western bank of the Embarras River to the east of Charleston, Illinois, was a summer retreat from the heat.   A bath house, waterslide, and boating concession were built in the early 1900s, and The Rocks Park remained a busy and popular recreation area into the 1930s.   The Great Depression and the construction of a WPA swimming pool in Charleston, in 1937, led to the decline of the river resort.

The park was reached by taking the East Harrison Street road out of Charleston and crossing the Embarras on the Harrison Street Bridge.   Once on the east side of the river, a lane on the south led approximately one-quarter mile to the river bank opposite The Rocks.   At this point, an admission was paid and a short boat ride was provided back across the river to the bathhouse on the west side, where the water was deeper and better for swimming.

The painting is of the boat landing on the east side of the river.   In the background, the bathhouse, built above the river's flood level, with its steps down to the river's edge, can be seen.   The inboard motorboat depicted in the painting was a rare sight on this area of the river.   It belonged to Rono White, who sold rides in it and who was the last owner of the park.

  For more history about The Rocks, especially Harold "Doc" Marker's (b. 1912) remembrances, please click here.

 

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The Stephen Sargent Farmhouse with Well, c. 1930

The Stephen Sargent home that was built in 1842 on the Sargent homestead in Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois.  The structure was moved to the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, near Lerna, Illinois, in 1985, and restored.   Stephen Sargent (1797-1878) was the paternal grandfather of the artist.

 

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The Stephen Sargent Farmhouse, c. 1930

The Stephen Sargent home that was built in 1842 on the Sargent homestead in Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois.  The structure was moved to the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, near Lerna, Illinois, in 1985, and restored.   Stephen Sargent (1797-1878) was the paternal grandfather of the artist.

 

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The John Sargent Farmhouse, c. 1930

The John Sargent Farmhouse, Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois, is the place where the artist was born and died.  His studio was an attachment on the back (northside).

 

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Haystacks with Vista, c. 1930

 

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Salisbury Odd Fellows Lodge and General Store with Snow Sled, c. 1930

The Salisbury (Hutton) Odd Fellows Lodge, at the northeast corner of Washington Street (Coles Co. Rd. 5) and Carmon St., Hutton Township, Coles County, Illinois, was built in 1903, and it was once the area's community hub.  The main floor was a general store, while the upstairs was used as an Odd Fellows lodge and a space where social gatherings were held.  A fire, in 1957, destroyed the structure.  The home on the left belonged to the Arthur Biggs family at the time of the painting.  The home is still standing and can be seen in this photograph of the perspective as of February 2007.

 

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Haystacks, 1930

 

painting, Sargent, Riley Creek, Charleston, IL, 1930.jpg (124134 bytes)

Winter Stream, 1930

 

painting, Sargent, Horses Grazing in the Shade, 1931.jpg (178432 bytes)

Horses Grazing in the Shade, 1931

Note that this is the painting on the easel in the 1941 Sargent studio photo at the top of the page.  Though the painting dates to 1931, Sargent was making changes to it later on as he was known to do.  There are some small differences between the painting here and that shown in the photo.  

 

Sargent, Going Fishing with Laddy, 1931.jpg (84110 bytes)

Going Fishing [Joe Collins and Ring], 1931

detail of boy and dog

 

painting, Sargent, Red Maple, 1931.jpg (212823 bytes)

Red Maple, 1931

 

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Hurricane Creek, 1931

A branch of the Hurricane Creek started on the Sargent farm.   This painting was shown in the Sargent Memorial Exhibition, Main Auditorium, Eastern Illinois State College, Charleston, October 1946.

 

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Redbuds, 1932

 

painting, Sargent, Fall Vista, 1932.jpg (146548 bytes)

 Fall Vista, 1932

 

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Cows on Hillside in the Fall, 1932

detail of signature

detail of single cow

detail of two cows

 

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Wood House to the Back of Sargent's Home, 1934

 

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Corona Del Mar, South of Balboa Bay, California, c. 1935

In a 1936 note to his brother, Sargent mentions this scene and makes a pen sketch of it.

 

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Corona Del Mar, South of Balboa Bay, California, 1935

This painting was on a wall of Sargent's studio at the time of his death.

 

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Eagle in the Ponderosa Pines, c. 1935

This painting was on a wall of Sargent's studio at the time of his death.

 

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Path in the Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga, California, 1935

 

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Purple Peaks, Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga, California, 1935

This painting was shown in the Sargent Memorial Exhibition, Main Auditorium, Eastern Illinois State College, Charleston, October 1946.

 

painting, Sargent, El Capitan, Yosemite, 1935.jpg (131404 bytes)

El Capitan, Yosemite, 1935

This painting was once placed above Sargent's bed.

 

Hunter in the Rockies, Winter, c. 1935.jpg (69313 bytes)

Hunter in the Sierras, c. 1935

The hunter may be a self-portrait.

 

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Stand of Fall Oaks, 1935

 

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Across a Field, c. 1935

 

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Landscape with two Trees, 1936

 

painting, Sargent, Redbuds and Virginia Bluebells, 1937.jpg (210378 bytes)

Redbuds and Virginia Bluebells, 1937

 

Sargent, Country Road with Oaks in the Fall, 1939.jpg (126176 bytes)

Autumn Glory, 1939

This painting was exhibited at the 1946 Paul Turner Sargent Memorial Exhibit, Main Auditorium, Eastern Sate Teacher's College, Charleston, Illinois. It was again shown at the  Homecoming Memorial-Invitational Exhibition of Paul Turner Sargent at the Sargent Gallery (what had been the Main Auditorium) in Old Main, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.  At the latter show, it was on loan from Mrs. Samuel (Irene) Sargent, the artist's sister-in-law, and it was voted the most popular painting of the 56 in the exhibit.

 

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Sarah Virginia Turner Cooper (1849-1942), the artist's aunt, c. 1940

 

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Shallow Creek, c. 1940

This painting was shown in the Sargent Memorial Exhibition, Main Auditorium, Eastern Illinois State College, Charleston, October 1946.

 

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Oak Ridge in the Fall, c. 1940

 

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Creek in Fall, c. 1940

 

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Early Fall Balloons, c. 1940

 

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President Buzzard's Iris Garden, Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College (Eastern Illinois University), Charleston, Illinois, 1940

Dr. Robert G. Buzzard, Eastern's president from 1933 to 1956, had installed a campus iris garden on the west side of Fourth Street and to the south of the power plant.  For a c. 1940 photo of the garden looking to the south, as in this painting, please click here.  In a photo from the 1940 Warbler the juxtaposition of the garden to what is now the east side of McAfee is clear.  The garden was destroyed when the temporary lab grade school building, a WWII surplus military structure, was moved to the area in the early 1950s.  The author attend first through fifth grade in this building.  The east addition to the Eastern's union and the parking lot on the addition's north side presently occupy the ground.

This painting was in Sargent's studio at the time of his death, and it was shown in the Sargent Memorial Exhibition, Main Auditorium, Eastern Illinois State College, Charleston, October 1946.

 

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Roses in Green Vase, 1940

 

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Hollyhocks, 1941

 

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Along the Embarras River, 1942

 

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Monarch, 1942

 

painting, Sargent, Blue Pond with Red Barn, 1944.jpg (120416 bytes)

Cattle Barn and Pond on the Sargent Farm, 1944

 

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Path Among the Sycamores, 1945

This painting was on one of two easels in Sargent's studio at the time of his death, and it was shown in the Sargent Memorial Exhibition, Main Auditorium, Eastern Illinois State College, Charleston, October 1946.

 

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Three Fishing Boats on the Embarras River, 1945

 

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Line of Sycamores Near Carlyle, Illinois, 1945

Notation on the frame in Sam Sargent's handwriting:  Last painting trip----Painted near Carlisle [sic], Ill., fall 1945  

This painting was on a wall of Sargent's studio at the time of his death.

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BROWN COUNTY (INDIANA) ART  GALLERY ASSOCIATION

NASHVILLE, INDIANA, 1927

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    PAUL SARGENT IS AT THE CENTER OF THE BACK ROW AND WAS A CHARTER MEMBER

First Row: Homer Davisson, L. O. Griffith, V.J. Cariani, C. Curry Bohm, Charles Dahlgreen, and George Mock
Second Row: Oscar Erikson, E.K. Williams, Ada Shulz, Musette Stoddard, Marie Goth, Lucie Hartrath, Robert Root, and Adolph Shulz
Third Row:  Will Vawter, Paul Sargent, and Carl Graf

 

PAINTINGS BY OTHER ARTISTS IN THE BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY ASSOCIATION GROUP PICTURE

 

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Carl Christopher Graf (1892-1947), Brown County Road, c. 1920s

 

painting, Robert Marshall Root, Along the Creek, Brown County, Indiana, 1927.jpg (306225 bytes)

Robert Marshall Root (1864-1937), Along the Creek, Brown County, Indiana,  1927

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Paul Turner Sargent's Grave

 

THE PAUL TURNER SARGENT GRAVE MONUMENT IS LOCATED ON THE SOUTHERN SLOPE OF MOUND CEMETERY, CHARLESTON, IL., ALONGSIDE THOSE OF OTHER SARGENT FAMILY MEMBERS.  THE MARKER IS A FIELD BOULDER TAKEN FROM THE SARGENT FARM, HUTTON TOWNSHIP.

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PAUL TURNER

SARGENT

-ARTIST-

JULY 23, 1880

FEB. 7, 1946

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