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Coventry Kersey Deighton Patmore

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Coventry Kersey Deighton Patmore, by John Singer Sargent, 1894 - NPG 1079 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Coventry Kersey Deighton Patmore

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1894
36 in. x 24 in. (914 mm x 610 mm)
Given by the sitter's widow, Mrs Harriet G. Patmore, 1897
Primary Collection
NPG 1079

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  • John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Portrait and landscape painter and muralist. Artist associated with 72 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Patmore was urged to sit for Sargent in the summer of 1894 by his friend, and fellow author, Edmund Gosse. The finished picture was rapturously praised at the 1895 Royal Academy, being described by the Magazine of Art as the most electrifying portrait in the exhibition. Gosse himself said of the portrait that a hand of consummate power has fixed for ever upon the canvas the apocalyptical old age of Coventry Patmore.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Richard Ormond, Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, 2015 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 February - 25 May 2015), p. 149
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 160
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 160
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 483
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 77

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