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John Singer Sargent
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Sarah Choate Sears
American, about 1890
Gelatin silver print
9 15/16 x 7 3/8 in.
84.XP.164.20

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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.