The National Portrait Gallery presents a major exhibition dedicated to the luscious portraits of John Singer Sargent, who enjoyed a hugely successful career as a portraitist in the late 19th century.
The show features over 70 portraits, many on loan from important US and European galleries, spanning the artist's time in London, Paris, Boston and New York, as well as his travels in the English and Italian countryside.
Born in Florence in 1856, the son of expatriate Americans, Sargent made a name for himself by breaking away from the confines of formal portraiture to make more intimate and experimental works, particularly in the uncommissioned portraits of his friends.
Highlights in the London exhibition include the portrait of Madame Ramon Subercaseaux, a portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, and the portrait of Henry James, created for the author’s 70th birthday in 1913.
Daily 10.00-18.00 Thu-Fri 10.00-21.00
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Sargent: Portrait of Artists and Friends
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE, tel. +44(0)2073060055.