Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel

Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel
Artist John Singer Sargent
Year 1903
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 152.4 cm × 102.55 cm (60.0 in × 40.37 in)
Location Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel is an oil on canvas portrait painting of Gretchen Osgood Warren, an American actress, singer, and poet, and her daughter Rachel Warren. The painting was commissioned and completed in 1903 by the American portrait artist John Singer Sargent. The painting measures at 152.4 × 102.55 cm (60.0 × 40.4 in) and is exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. The museum acquired it on 13 May 1964.[1]


Margaret Gretchen Osgood Warren was born in 1871[1] to an affluent family in the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts. Because of her family's wealth, she could easily pursue music and drama. She attended the Paris Conservatory, studying under Gabriel Fauré as a mezzo-soprano.[2]

She married into another affluent Beacon Hill family when she became the wife of paper manufacturer Fiske Warren on 14 May 1891.[3]

In April 1903, Fiske Warren commissioned the famous American portraitist John Singer Sargent to paint Gretchen and their daughter. The sitting was done in Fenway Court,[1] then the home of Boston philanthropist and American art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner, whose immense collection would become the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum that same year.


Gretchen Warren is seen seated in a Renaissance style chair with her daughter Rachel Warren. Sargent attempted to emulate aristocratic poses while using a modern and confident approach to the brush strokes.[1]



Green, Martin Burgess (1989). The Mount Vernon Street Warrens : a Boston story, 1860-1910. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 150–156. ISBN 0-684-19109-1. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  2. Green 1989, p. 150.
  3. "The Warren-Osgood Wedding: Alliance of Two Well-Known Boston Families". The New York Times. 15 May 1891. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
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