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An Artist’s Legacy, Sargent, his Sisters and their Friends is a unique exhibition celebrating two important recent gifts, to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, featuring rarely seen works by John Singer Sargent, the most prominent member of the Broadway Colony of Artists, and his contemporaries Augustus John, his sister Gwen John, and Philip Wilson Steer. Of particular interest is the important group of watercolours by Sargent’s beloved sister Emily, never before publicly exhibited.

John Singer Sargent, (1856-1925) is one of the most significant artists of his time.   Famed as a portrait painter he was also a gifted landscape artist and watercolourist. His work is marked by a brilliance of technique, human sympathy, and his own brand of Impressionism, which was no doubt influenced by his friend Claude Monet. He was no stranger to the village of Broadway as during the summers of 1885 and 1886 he enjoyed communal life as part of a group known as the Broadway Colony of Artists.  It was in Broadway that Sargent painted his Impressionist masterpiece  ‘Carnation Lily, Lily, Rose’ (Tate Gallery), begun in the grounds of Farnham House on The Green, Broadway, and completed the following year at nearby Russell House.

Image: The Piazzetta and the Doge’s Palace, Venice   Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford