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Samoan Girls Dancing the Seated Siva Dance with Pantomime and Song, Night Effect, Samoa 1890

John La Farge

American (1835-1910)

Samoan Girls Dancing the Seated Siva Dance with Pantomime and Song, Night Effect, Samoa 1890, circa 1895
Brush and ink and wash on paper mounted on board, 13 x 13 ¾ inches

Signed La FARGE lower right
Stamped with the artist’s red ink stamp lower center


Doll and Richards, Boston, 1902-1904

Macbeth Gallery, New York, 1907

The artist’s estate, New York, 1910-1911

Sold American Art Association,New York, March 29-31, 1911, lot 845

A.B. Springarn, New York, 1911-1966

John B. Lehman, New York, from 1966.


Century Association, New York, December 3, 1898, no. 15

Exhibition and Private Sale of Water Color Paintings by Mr. John La Farge, Mr. Childe Hassam, Miss Lucy S. Conant, Doll and Richards, Boston, November 1902, no. 15

Exhibition of Pictures by John La Farge, Macbeth Gallery, New York, November 27-December 12, 1907, no. 7

Exhibition of Glass, Oil and Water Color Paintings and Sketches by John La Farge, N.A., Knoedler and Co., New York, February 15-31, 1909, no. 31

John La Farge, Graham Gallery, New York, May 4-June 10, 1966, no. 44

Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors, and Drawings by John La Farge from His Travels in the South Seas, 1890-1891, Peabody Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, February 1-May 1, 1978, no. 14.


La Farge in Retrospect, New York Times, December 6, 1907, page 5

La Farge Sale Total $28,492. A Crayon Drawing by Artist, Made in Samoa, Brings $155, New York Times, April 1, 1911, page 13

Henry A. La Farge, John La Farge: A Reappraisal, Art News, volume 65.0 (May 1966), page 30.


According to Dr. James L. Yarnall, “This is one of several sepia copies of South Sea watercolors that La Farge prepared for use by Cecilia Waern around 1895 in her biography of the artist. Unlike the other sepia copies, it ultimately was not used by Waern, who instead reproduced the original watercolor (now in a private collection).”

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