Jane Emmet de Glehn, 1873-1961
Escutcheon of the Emperor Charles V at the
Generalife Palace, Granada,
It was 1912 before the de Glehns were able to join Sargent on one of his trips to Spain. Tentative plans had been made previously, in 1908, but were interrupted by the death of Jane’s mother in June of that year. The party painted at Toledo, Aranjuez, the Albaycin, and Gibraltar. They spent the longest period in Granada, however, where the Alhambra proved a particularly rich source of material and Wilfrid was also greatly inspired by the verdant, semi-tropical gardens that he encountered in the region. Together the group made excursions into the Sierra Nevada and explored the side streets and courtyards of the little towns they found there, peopled by children, musicians and Andalusian gypsies.
Spanish Girls Spinning, 1912
(inspired by Velasquez’s Tapestry Weavers, of which de Glehn had made a copy in the Prado, Madrid, in the 1890s)