Mrs. Thomas Lincoln Manson, Jr.
John Singer Sargent
American, 1856 - 1925
Oil on canvas
44 1/4 x 56 in. (112.4 x 142.2 cm)
Purchase, 1969 (3584.1)
Seated on a fashionable gilt sofa, Mrs. Thomas Lincoln Manson, Jr., looks out at the viewer with an air of refined assurance. A woman of wealth and social rank, Mrs. Manson received this portrait as a gift for hosting John Singer Sargent in her New York City home during the artist's second visit to the United States. Sargent, who trained in Paris but settled permanently in England, traveled twice to America to extend his reputation as the most sought-after society portraitist of his day. The artist's popularity with the social elite derived in part from his fluid brushwork and exquisite color harmonies. Here, Sargent lavished attention on Mrs. Manson's dress and furnishings yet carefully recorded her facial attributes, successfully capturing his sitter's physical and psychological character.