Coventry Kersey Deighton Patmore
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
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Sitterback to top
- Coventry Kersey Deighton Patmore (1823-1896), Poet and essayist. Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), Portrait and landscape painter and muralist. Artist associated with 72 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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
- Ormond, Richard; Kilmurray, Elaine, John Singer Sargent : complete paintings. Vol. 9, Figures and landscapes, 1914-1925, 2016, p. 65
- 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, 182
Events of 1894back to top
Current affairsFollowing Gladstone's resignation, Queen Victoria calls on the Liberal MP Archibald Primrose, the 5th Earl of Rosebery to become Prime Minister, a position he reluctantly accepts. His government is largely unsuccessful as the Tory-dominated House of Lords stop the whole of the Liberal's domestic legislation, and his foreign policy plans are defeated by internal Liberal disagreements.
Art and scienceThe Prince of Wales opens Tower Bridge, built over the Thames to improve access to the growing commercial district of the East End. The bridge was constructed from two bascules, or leaves, which could be raised to allow ships to pass underneath.
Rudyard Kipling's hugely popular collection of children's stories, The Jungle Book, are published. The stories, based on Kipling's own experiences in India, have been adapted many times.
InternationalThe arrest and court-martial of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish artillery officer, opens up divisions in France over anti-semitism continuing until Dreyfus's exoneration in 1906. The French President Sadi Carnot is assassinated by an Italian anarchist in Lyon.
Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia following the death of Alexander III.
Japan and China go to war over control of Korea, with the more modern Japanese army winning an easy victory.
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