Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth)

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1897

Artist:

John Singer Sargent
American, 1856–1925

About this artwork

Mrs. George Swinton epitomizes the painterly virtuosity that made John Singer Sargent one of the most fashionable portraitists in late-19th-century Europe and America. Extravagant color and brushwork were central to Sargent’s success, as was his ability to present a refined and appealing image of his sitter. In Elizabeth “Elsie” Swinton’s case, he accentuated her regal bearing and feminine dress. Sargent harmonized the realism of her face and body with bursts of impressionistic brushstrokes describing the shimmering, translucent fabric descending from her shoulder. Swinton was also known for her musical talents; at the time her portrait was executed, she was recognized as an amateur singer and later began performing professionally.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

John Singer Sargent

Title

Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth)

Origin

London

Date

1897

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed, lower left: "John S. Sargent"

Dimensions

231 × 124 cm (90 3/4 × 48 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Wirt D. Walker Collection

Reference Number

1922.4450

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