John Singer Sargent

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Pub Date: 10/08/2019

Pages: 192

Trim: 10 x 11

Publisher: D Giles Limited

Imprint: GILES

ISBN 13: 9781911282488

ISBN 10: 1911282484

Price: / $51.99 CAN$39.95

Category: ART / Individual Artists / General

John Singer Sargent

By Richard Ormond

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About the Book

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was one of the greatest portrait artists of his time. While he is best known for his powerful paintings, he largely ceased painting portraits in 1907 and turned instead to charcoal drawings to satisfy portrait commissions. These drawn portraits represent a substantial, yet often overlooked, part of his practice, and they demonstrate the same sense of immediacy, psychological sensitivity, and mastery of chiaroscuro that animate Sargent’s sitters on canvas. This volume presents over sixty superb portrait drawings, showcasing sitters famous for their roles in politics, society, and the arts. It also explores the friendships and the networks of patronage that underpinned Sargent’s practice as a portrait draftsman in Edwardian Britain and Progressive Era America.

About the Book

Sargent’s portraits in charcoal constitute a gallery of the great and the good and the talented, scarcely less remarkable in its range of personalities than that earlier gallery of painted portraits.


Richard Ormond is an outstanding Sargent scholar, as well as well as being the the artist’s grand-nephew. He was previously director of the National Maritime Museum. He has worked on numerous publications, including, with Elaine Kilmurray, the nine volume Sargent catalogue raisonné, and has co-curated
exhibitions on Sargent’s work in London, Washington D.C., Boston, Ferrara and Los Angeles.