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Bequest, 1938. Museums Sheffield
The Misses Vickers
Date Made/Found: 1884
Artist: John Singer Sargent , American, 1856 - 1925
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Frame: 1666 x 2122 x 70mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.2601
‘I am to paint several portraits in the country and three ugly women at Sheffield, dingy hole.’ John Singer Sargent This group portrait was painted to mark the 21st birthday of Mabel Frances Vickers (centre). She is shown here with her sisters Florence (left) and Clara (right). The contrasting expressions and poses of the three sisters give the painting a tense atmosphere. This is amplified by Sargent’s use of perspective, which projects the figures forward out of the dimly lit room they are sitting in. This portrait was painted at the Vickers’ family home, Bolsover Hill in Sheffield.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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