DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, The fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy 1907, The Art Institute of Chicago, American Art Collection DETAIL : John Singer SARGENT, Almina, daughter of Asher Wertheimer 1908, Tate, London, presented by the widow and family of Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes in 1922
John Singer SARGENT | Evelyn, Duchess of Devonshire

SARGENT, John Singer
Italy 1856 – England 1925
France and USA 1874-90, England from 1890, with regular visits to France, Italy and USA
Evelyn, Duchess of Devonshire 1902
oil on canvas
147.3 (h) x 91.4 (w) cm
Chatsworth House Trust, Derbyshire

In Evelyn, Duchess of Devonshire Sargent portrayed the formidable Duchess turning a pensive gaze towards the viewer. Lady Evelyn Fitzmaurice (1870–1960) was the wife of the Hon. Victor Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire. It is said that ‘preferring inanimate objects to humans’, she was ever critical of her family and her servants. However, she had a passion for restoring the tapestries of Chatsworth.  (McConkey, 1987)

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