John Singer Sargent

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ISBN: 978-1-911282-48-8

192 Pages

280 x 240 mm (9 ½ x 11 in)

100 colour illustrations

In association with the Morgan Library & Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC,

October 2019


The first comprehensive history of this remarkable artist’s drawn portraits

“Marks the first major display of Sargent’s charcoals in recent times, and as such, provides us with a welcome opportunity to assess this aspect of his work”—Andrew Lambirth, The London Magazine

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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 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, featuring 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 draughtsman in Edwardian Britain and Progressive Era America. Published to accompany exhibitions at the Morgan Library & Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal provides the first comprehensive history of this remarkable artist’s drawn portraits.

Author biographies

Richard Ormond is an independent art historian and director of the John S. Sargent Catalogue Raisonné Project, 2000-. He is the author of numerous works, most recently, Sargent: The Watercolours (with Elaine Kilmurray, 2017) and Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends (2015).

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Biographical note
  4. Introduction
  5. Chronology
  6. Catalogue
  7. Original Frames and Labels
  8. Selected Bibliography
  9. Index of Sitters