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Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth)

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)

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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, Gallery 273


Arts of the Americas


John Singer Sargent


Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth)


London (Place depicted)

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Oil on canvas


Signed, lower left: "John S. Sargent"


231 × 124 cm (90 3/4 × 48 3/4 in.)

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Wirt D. Walker Collection

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