"John Singer Sargent" by Richard Ormond

John Singer Sargent The Later Portraits; Complete Paintings: Volume III Richard Ormond, Elaine Kilmurray

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Publication date:
11 Dec 2003
Yale University Press
364 pages: 305 x 248mm
45 b-w + 220 color illus.


All the exquisite portraits Sargent painted from 1900 to his death in 1925, along with the essential details about each work and its subject

This sumptuous book is the third volume of the definitive catalogue raisonné of the work of the American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). Comprising over two hundred portraits and portrait sketches in oil and watercolor painted between 1900 and the artist’s death in 1925, this book completes the trilogy of portrait volumes. The catalogued works have been grouped into two chronological sections, each with an introduction that sets the particular group in context. There is also a section of undated portraits and an appendix listing previously unrecorded works. Each work is documented in depth: entries include traditional data about the painting or watercolor; details of the work’s provenance, exhibition history, and bibliography; a short biography of the sitter; a discussion of the circumstances in which the work was created; and a critical discussion of its subject matter, style, and significance in Sargent’s career. Most of the works are reproduced in color. There is also an illustrated inventory of Sargent’s studio props and accessories and a cross-referenced checklist of the portraits in which they appear.

Richard Ormond, formerly director of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, is an independent art historian. He is the coauthor of books on Sargent, Landseer, Winterhalter, and Lord Leighton, and he is a great-nephew of John Singer Sargent. Elaine Kilmurray is research director of the John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonné project.

'The three books reproduce all 600-plus known portraits, almost all in colour...a great portraitist now, thanks to these three volumes, surely completely rehabilitated' - The Times
'Lavish and elegant' - Irish Independent
'This volume, the last of a trio, is a model of art scholarshop' - The Literary Review
'Full of information about the sitters, Sargent's methods and quotations from correspondence, this volume is as satisfying as the previous two' - The Art Book
'...these three volumes not only achieve the highest standards of scholarship but also if book production' - The Art Newspaper
'This superb monument of art scholarship finally does justice to the greatest portrait painter of modern times' - The Sunday Telegraph