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Portrait of Frances Sherborne Ridley Watts

John Singer Sargent, American (active London, Florence, and Paris), 1856 - 1925

Made in United States, North and Central America


Oil on canvas

41 11/16 x 32 inches (105.9 x 81.3 cm) Framed: 46 1/4 × 37 3/8 × 3 1/2 inches (117.5 × 94.9 × 8.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

* Gallery 210, American Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wharton Sinkler, 1962

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The luscious skin tones, subtle plays of light, and feathery brushwork found in this painting are what made John Singer Sargent one of the most sought-after portraitists of his time. Though born of American parents, the artist spent much of his life in Europe. This image of his childhood friend, Fanny Watts, was the first by Sargent to be exhibited at the Salon, a juried art exhibition held in Paris annually.

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