John Singer Sargent
Hylda, Almina and Conway, Children of Asher Wertheimer 1905

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John Singer Sargent 1856–1925
Hylda, Almina and Conway, Children of Asher Wertheimer
Date 1905
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1880 x 1333 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 is a portrait of three of the children of the art dealer, Asher Wertheimer. It is is one of a series of twelve that Sargent painted of the Wertheimer family. The stone terrace and urn in the background recall the style of eighteenth - century portraiture in the grand manner designed to confirm aristocratic status. Here, the tradition is adopted by a wealthy, middle-class Jewish family. The riding habit and crop worn by Almina (on the right) and the spaniel with Conway (in the centre provide) also refer to aristocratic pursuits.

August 2004

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