John Singer Sargent(1856-1925), Portrait and landscape painter and muralist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Artist associated with 72 portraits
John Singer Sargent, the son of an American doctor, was born in Florence. He studied painting in Italy and France and in 1884 caused a sensation at the Paris Salon with his painting of Madame Gautreau. The scandal persuaded Sargent to move to England and over the next few years he established himself as the country's leading portrait painter. He made several visits to the USA where as well as portraits he worked on a series of decorative paintings for public buildings such as the Boston Public Library (1890) and the Museum of Fine Arts (1916).
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by John Singer Sargent
- Victorian and Edwardian portraits
- Portraits featuring - Ring
- Top selling prints
- In Character: Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'
- Top 50 watercolours and drawings as Portrait Prints
- Portraits featuring - Brooch
- Carpets and textiles
- National Portrait Gallery works in Elizabeth to Victoria exhibition at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow
- The Art Fund