[John Singer Sargent]

Object Details

Title:

[John Singer Sargent]

Artist/Maker(s):

Sarah Choate Sears (American, 1858 - 1935)

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1890

Medium:

Toned gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

25.2 x 18.7 cm (9 15/16 x 7 3/8 in.)

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Although John Singer Sargent was the most famous American portrait painter of his time, he apparently did not like to be photographed. The few photographs that exist show him at work, as he is here, sketching and puffing on a cigar. His friend Sarah Choate Sears, herself a painter of some note, drew many of her sitters for photographs from the same aristocratic milieu as Sargent did for his paintings.

Exhibitions
Fame and Photography (March 9 to May 23, 1993)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), March 9 to May 23, 1993
Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity (April 3 to September 2, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 3 to September 2, 2012