About this artwork
Mrs. George Swinton epitomizes the painterly virtuosity that made John Singer Sargent one of the most favored portraitists of fashionable Europeans and Americans in the late 19th century. Extravagant color and brushwork were central to Sargent's success, as was his ability to present an image of his sitter that adhered to social standards. In Elizabeth "Elsie" Swinton's case, he accentuated her regal bearing and feminine dress. She 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. Swinton's pose indicates both the poise of a performer and the countenance of a fashionable, worldly woman.
- John Singer Sargent
- Mrs. George Swinton (Elizabeth Ebsworth)
- Oil on canvas
- Signed, lower left: "John S. Sargent"
- 231 × 124 cm (90 3/4 × 48 3/4 in.)
- Wirt D. Walker Collection