John Singer Sargent, 'Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children' 1896

John Singer Sargent
Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children 1896
Oil on canvas
frame: 2340 x 1670 x 130 mm
Bequeathed by Adèle, Lady Meyer 1930, with a life interest for her son and grandson and presented in 2005 in celebration of the lives of Sir Anthony and Lady Barbadee Meyer, accessioned 2009

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Many 19th-century British and American artists studied in Paris before establishing themselves in London, where economic and social stability offered greater opportunities for patronage. French artists settled here both for economic reasons and to escape the Franco-Prussian war of 1870–1 and its political aftermath.