John Singer Sargent
Ena and Betty, Daughters of Asher and Mrs Wertheimer 1901

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John Singer Sargent 1856–1925
Ena and Betty, Daughters of Asher and Mrs Wertheimer
Date 1901
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1854 x 1308 mm
frame: 2270 x 1706 x 210 mm
Acquisition Presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes 1922
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1890

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This is one of a series of portraits Sargent was commissioned to make of the family of the art dealer Asher Wertheimer (1844–1918). Sargent befriended the family and Wertheimer helped Sargent obtain commissions. This portrait shows Wertheimer’s eldest daughters, Helena (Ena) and Elizabeth (Betty). Sargent was attracted by the charm of the Wertheimer family, especially the vivacity of Ena (right), something which is clearly revealed in this portrait. The different textures of the sisters’ dresses are skilfully evoked, the rich depth of Betty’s red velvet contrasting with the shine of Ena’s white damask.

February 2016

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