In the summer of 1889 Sargent rented a large house in Fladbury, Worcestershire beside the River Avon. His sister Violet posed for this large painting depicting a lady in long white dress on the bank of the river. The painting is unfinished, and Sargent has not yet added the fishing rod.
John Singer Sargent
Lady Fishing - Mrs Ormond
Sargent and Fashion
184.8 x 97.8 cm
Oil on canvas
Date of work
Original: Oil on canvas, 184.8 x 97.8 cm ® Tate, London
John Singer Sargent was born in Florence, the only son of an American surgeon. His childhood was spent touring Europe, before entering the Paris studio of Carolus-Duran in 1874. He later settled in London, but remained an American citizen and was a founding member of the New English Art Club. Sargent's international reputation as a portraitist reached its peak in the 1890s and early 1900s, but by 1910 he had given up all but the occasional portrait, devoting himself mainly to landscapes.