Arts: A Sargent Arrives

A Sargent Arrives

In 1902, almost his most prolific year, the late John Singer Sargent completed 31 portraits and 18 other pictures. One of the former was a Portrait of Mrs. Arthur Knowles and Children, a gayly sentimental painting showing the pretty Mrs. Knowles lounging on a sofa, embracing two affectionate little boys who nuzzled against her. Less cool than most of Sargent's glimpses at maternity, charming because of its humanity rather than, like most Sargents, because of brilliant artifice, the picture was kept in the Knowles house and secreted from the...

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