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 | Sir Frank Swettenham

SARGENT, John Singer
Italy 1856 – England 1925
France and USA 1874-90, England from 1890, with regular visits to France, Italy and USA
Sir Frank Swettenham 1904
oil on canvas
259.0 (h) x 143.0 (w) cm
Singapore History Museum

Frank Athelstane Swettenham (1850–1946) was an outstandingly able and effective colonial administrator, ending his career as Governor of the Straits Colony and High Commissioner for the Federated Malay States. In this portrait, commissioned by the Straits Association in commemoration of Swettenham’s service, Sargent presented his subject as a proud and powerful consul. Sargent’s attention to the finery of his subject’s clothes and possessions draws attention to his position as a colonial administrator.

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