Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler (Mrs. John Jay Chapman)

  • John Singer Sargent, Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler (Mrs. John Jay Chapman), 1893, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chanler A. Chapman, 1980.71

Publication Label

John Singer Sargent painted twenty-six-year-old Elizabeth Chanler while she was in London for her brother's wedding. "Bessie" Chanler's determination and strength of character emerge forcefully in Sargent's remarkable portrait. The top half of the portrait is ordered and still. Chanler's gaze is direct, her face centered between two painting: a Madonna and Child and a figure of an old woman copied from Frans Hals. The lower half, however, is full of tension. Chanler's arms, leg-of-mutton sleeves, and the pillows seem to wrestle with one another; only her clasped fingers and elbows keep everything under control.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Title
Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler (Mrs. John Jay Chapman)
Artist
Date
1893
On View
Dimensions
49 3/8 x 40 1/2 in. (125.4 x 102.9 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chanler A. Chapman

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Chanler, Elizabeth Winthrop
  • Architecture Interior – domestic – living room
Object Number
1980.71
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
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