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Description of Pictures: Press preview for “John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal”
* Kim Sajet, director, National Portrait Gallery
* Robyn Asleson, curator of prints and drawings, National Portrait Gallery
* Richard Ormond, guest curator and co-author of the "John Singer Sargent, Complete Paintings" series and author of "John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal".
The National Portrait Gallery announces “John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal,” a once-in-a-lifetime assemblage of 50 charcoal drawings by celebrated American expatriate artist John Singer Sargent. The first major exhibition to focus solely on Sargent’s portraits in this medium, the show is organized by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the Morgan Library & Museum, New York.
The exhibition, comprised of many rarely before seen works from private collections, will display portraits of Sargent’s contemporaries, including musicians, actors, artists and patrons, literary figures, political leaders and tastemakers—the “influencers” of Sargent’s day. Visitors will encounter likenesses of Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother), Prime Minister Winston Churchill, poet William Butler Yeats, painter Sir William Blake Richmond, actress Ethel Barrymore, civil rights attorney and activist Moorefield Storey, avant-garde art and music patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, prominent Bostonians, and The Souls—a group of young, intellectual British aristocrats.
The exhibition will be on view Feb. 28 through May 31.
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