John Singer Sargent Hylda, Daughter of Asher and Mrs Wertheimer 1901

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Hylda, Daughter of Asher and Mrs Wertheimer
Date 1901
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2146 x 1435 mm
Acquisition Presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes 1922
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Hylda was the third daughter of the wealthy art dealer Asher Wertheimer, who had commissioned Sargent to paint twelve portraits of his family. Sargent''s reputation ensured that such portraits were a token of wealth and social standing. The portrait of Hylda is in the grand manner of the old masters, and great care is given to the depiction of the different luxurious textures of her clothing. Sargent tried to dissuade Hylda from wearing her pince-nez, which undermine this illusion, but they were retained at her insistence.

August 2004

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