John Singer Sargent
Almina, Daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908

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John Singer Sargent 1856–1925
Almina, Daughter of Asher Wertheimer
Date 1908
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1340 x 1010 mm
frame: 1613 x 1268 x 157 mm
Acquisition Presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes 1922
Not on display

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This painting was the last in the series of Sargent’s portraits of the Wertheimer family. Almina was Asher Wertheimer’s fifth daughter. She is shown in an exotic, ‘oriental’ costume, including an ivory-white Persian dress and a turban entwined with pearls. The white and green over-jacket was a studio prop and the musical instrument (the sarod from northern India) was owned by the artist. Such fantasy images of European women cast as alluring ‘orientals’ were highly fashionable at the turn of the twentieth-century.

September 2004

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