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Portrait of Charles Deering

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

About this artwork

Although best known for his portraits, John Singer Sargent was also an accomplished plein air (outdoor) painter. In this uncommissioned likeness of his longtime friend Chicagoan Charles Deering at his home in Florida, the artist harmonized portraiture and landscape, weaving the sitter into a tapestry of swift brushstrokes, warm and cool hues, and the area’s rich vegetation. Dressed in white, Deering relaxes in a cane chair with tropical foliage around him as well as views of boats and blue sky in the distance. Sargent stayed with Deering for two months in 1917 while spending considerable time painting outdoors in both oil and watercolor.


On View, Gallery 171


Arts of the Americas


John Singer Sargent


Portrait of Charles Deering


United States (Object made in)

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Made 1917


Oil on canvas


Inscribed recto, lower left, in brown pigment: To My Friend / Charles Deering; signed and inscribed recto, lower right, in brown pigment: John S. Sargent Miami 1917.


72.4 × 53.3 cm (28 1/2 × 21 in.)

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Anonymous loan

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