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John Singer Sargent : Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell
John Singer Sargent (Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell)

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Artist: John Singer Sargent
Title: Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell
Year: 1903
Media: Oil on canvas, 38 x 30 inches
Description: Signed at upper left: “John S. Sargent”; dated at upper right: “1903”

The expatriate artist John Singer Sargent was the most popular portraitist of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. This portrait was commissioned by the Mutual Assurance Company of Philadelphia in 1902 shortly after the noted physician, novelist, and poet Silas Weir Mitchell (1829-1914) had been elected chairman the group's board of directors. Sargent, who lived in London, painted the portrait in May the following year when he was in Philadelphia to accept an honorary degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

The critic Charles Caffin saw the painting at the Seventy-third Annual Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in1904 and concluded that it was “likely to remain one of the most significant of Sargent’s portraits, a remarkable presentation of a very remarkable man.”



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