John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925)
Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, 1892
By his mid-20s, John Singer Sargent Sargent was a sought-after portraitist—among the most successful of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. In 1898 he won great acclaim at London's Royal Academy for this striking portrait of Gertrude Vernon, the wife of Andrew Noel Agnew, 9th Baronet of Lochnaw. His extraordinary ability to portray the textures of the fabrics in this painting—the satiny floral chair, the silk sash, the chiffon sleeves—is matched only by his acute understanding of his sitter's personality, which is evident in her pose: confident and perhaps slightly amused. Study Sargent’s famous portrait as you complete this 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle.