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Together from 1920 to (after) 1924: 4 years.
Margarett Williams Sargent (August 31, 1892 - 1978)
Quincy Adams Mckean (November 1, 1891 – August 1971)

thumb|Margarett Sargent, 1915, by [[Arnold Genthe]]

Margarett Williams Sargent (August 31, 1892 - 1978) was a noted painter in the Ashcan School and a follower of George Luks. She exhibited as Margarett Sargent and Margarett W. McKean.

Quincy Adams Shawn Mckean (1891-1971) - Find A Grave Memorial
Quincy Adams McKean by John Singer Sargent


Margarett Williams Sargent was born on August 31, 1892, in Commonwealth Avenue, Boston,<ref name="The New Yorker" /> the daughter of Francis Williams Sargent (1848–1920) and Jane Welles Hunnewell (1851–1936). She was a distant relative of John Singer Sargent.<ref name="Moore" /><ref name="Ware" />

thumb|left|The White Blackbird (Portrait of Margarett Sargent), 1919, [[George Luks]]

Sargent attended Miss Porter's School.<ref name="Moore" /> After breaking a first engagement with Eddie Morgan, who was not accepted by her family, she trained as a sculptor in Italy, but later turned to watercolors and oils.<ref name="Ware" /><ref name="Moore" /> She had her first show in New York in 1926, and later in Boston and Chicago.<ref name="Ware" /> She was a student of Gutzon Borglum and George Luks. In 1919 Luks portraied her by memory in ''The White Blackbird''.<ref name="Ware">cite journal|last1=Ware|first1=Susan|title=Improper Bostonian|url=https://www.nytimes.com/books/97/07/27/nnp/19414.html|date=1996|accessdate=10 January 2018</ref> Frederic Clay Bartlett, who courted her, sketched her in Paris; in the 1930s the sketch hung in Bartlett's house at 1301 Astor Street, Chicago.<ref name="Chicago Tribune 1930" /><ref name="Moore" />

Her grand-daughter Honor Moore suggests she may have had an affair with her New York roommate, Marjorie Davenport.<ref name="Moore" /> Fanny Brice lived downstairs to them.<ref name="The New Yorker" /> Sargent became friends with gallerist Betty Parsons, a friendship that would last for life.<ref name="Moore" /> Another friend was socialite Vivian Pickman.<ref name="Moore" />

In 1920 Margarett Sargent married Quincy Adams Shawn Mckean (November 1, 1891 – August 1971), a polo player from an old Boston family. The courtship had begun in 1912, at Sargent's debut ball.<ref name="Moore" /><ref name="Ware" /><ref name="Chicago Tribune 1930" /> In 1920 Shawn Mckean bought the Samuel Corning House in Beverly, Massachusetts. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.<ref name="Moore" /> They had four children in three years: Q.A. Shaw Jr, Margarett "Margie", Jenny and Harry.<ref name="Moore" /> In 1941 Margarett McKean (1922-2013) married Wally Reed.<ref name="Moore" /> In 1944 Jenny McKean, married the Right Reverend Paul Moore Jr. and their daughter is author Honor Moore.[1] In 1949 Margarett McKean remarried to Barclay H. Warburton III (divorced in 1959), the step-son of William Kissam Vanderbilt II.[2] In 1952 Q.A. Shaw McKean, Jr., married Linda Huntington Borden, the daughter of John C. Borden.[3] In 1966 Margarett McKean remarried to Stephen B. Vernon.[4]

thumb|Margarett Sargent by Berenice Abbott, 1928

She was friends with Berenice Abbott, who took her portrait in Paris in 1928.

During her marriage, Sargent had both male and female lovers, and her husband as well had female lovers.<ref name="Ware" /> One of Sargent's lovers was heiress Isabel Pell.[5] Sargent said that Isabell was "handsome, wonderfully handsome". Pell used to visit Sargent at her Prides Crossing, Beverly, Massachusetts mansion, and was well known by both Sargent's husband, Quincy Adams Shaw McKean, and children, who called Pell "cousin Pell".<ref name="msmagazine">cite web|last1=Pell|first1=Eve|title=La Femme à la Mèche Blonde|url=http://www.msmagazine.com/spring2005/isabelpell.asp|website=Ms. Magazine|accessdate=1 August 2017</ref>[6]<ref name="Moore">cite book|last1=Moore|first1=Honor|title=The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter|date=2009|publisher=W. W. Norton & Company|page=174|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=9Pf7lUGAMw4C&pg=PA174|accessdate=1 August 2017</ref> Another male lover of Sargent was a young John Walker, who was to become the director of the National Gallery in Washington.<ref name="Ware" />

Sargent was an alcoholic and a frequent patient in sanitariums and received electroconvulsive therapy.<ref name="The New Yorker">cite journal|last1=Moore|first1=Honor|title=GRANDMOTHER, THE EMPRESS|journal=The New Yorker|date=1996|url=https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1996/03/25/grandmother-the-empress|accessdate=10 January 2018</ref> After divorcing her, Mckean married Katherine Winthrop, whom he had met while still married to Sargent.<ref name="Moore" />

Margarett Williams Sargent died in 1978.<ref name="Moore" />


*Sculptures and Water Colors, C.W. Kraushaar Art Galleries, March 1926[7]
*One Woman Show, 38 paintings, Chicago Arts Club, 1930<ref name="Chicago Tribune 1930">cite journal|title=Festive Tea Opens Exhibit at Arts Club - 30 Nov 1930, Sun • Page 79|journal=Chicago Tribune|date=1930|page=79|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16417513/chicago_tribune/|accessdate=10 January 2018</ref>
*One Woman Show, C.W. Kraushaar Art Galleries, January 1931<ref name="Moore" />
*Painting and Sculpture from 16 American Cities, December 11, 1933 – January 7, 1934, The Museum of Modern Art[8]
*Margarett Sargent: The Bold and the Beautiful, March 25, 2017, Cape Ann Museum[9]


In 1996 Sargent's granddaughter, Honor Moore, published ''The White Blackbird: A Life of the Painter Margarett Sargent by Her Granddaughter''.



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  1. ^ Moore, Honor, ''The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir'', 2008
  2. ^ cite journal|title=Warburton - Reed - 31 Mar 1947, Mon • Page 17|journal=The Philadelphia Inquirer|date=1947|page=17|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16418387/the_philadelphia_inquirer/|accessdate=10 January 2018
  3. ^ cite journal|title=Linda Borden Rumson Bride - 02 Jun 1952, Mon • Page 8|journal=Asbury Park Press|date=1952|page=8|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16418218/asbury_park_press/|accessdate=10 January 2018
  4. ^ cite web|title=MARGARETT MCKEAN VERNON|url=http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=167027923|website=legacy|accessdate=11 January 2018
  5. ^ cite journal|last1=Mitchell|first1=John Ames|title=Life, Volume 95, Part 2|journal=Life|date=1930|volume=95, Part 2|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=1zDZAAAAMAAJ|accessdate=1 August 2017
  6. ^ cite book|title=The Advocate Num. 762|date=23 June 1998|publisher=Here Publishing|page=79|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=h2MEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA79|accessdate=1 August 2017
  7. ^ cite journal|title=07 Mar 1926, Sun • Page 66|journal=The Brooklyn Daily Eagle|date=1926|page=66|url=https://www.newspapers.com/clip/16418142/the_brooklyn_daily_eagle/|accessdate=10 January 2018
  8. ^ cite web|title=Art and artists|url=https://www.moma.org/artists/65296|website=moma|accessdate=10 January 2018
  9. ^ cite web|title=Margarett Sargent: The Bold and the Beautiful|url=http://www.capeannmuseum.org/events/margarett-sargent-bold-and-beautiful-2017/|website=capeannmuseum|accessdate=10 January 2018

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