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Jul 11

Sister Act

John Singer Sargent and Cecil BeatonAt the turn of the century, high society would clamor for a portrait by John Singer Sargent, however, this was preceeded by a brief period in which the painter was thought an unsafe choice after his controversial portrait of Madame X in 1883-84. Moving from Paris to London facilitated in Sargent’s transition from a position of notoriety to one of high demand. In 1900, Sargent was commissioned to paint Hon. Percy Wyndham’s three daughters Madeline Adeane, Pamela Tennant, and Mary Constance, Lady Elcho in their London home on Belgrave Square. The painting was praised when showcased at the Royal Academy’s annual exhibition in 1900, and dubbed “The Three Graces” by the Prince of Wales. In 1950, Cecil Beaton photographed three descendants of the Wyndham sisters, also sisters themselves, modeling the portrait after the Singer Sargent painting.

The Wyndham Sisters: Lady Elcho, Mrs. Adeane, and Mrs. Tennant by John Singer Sargent, 1899. Housed at The Met.

The Wyndham Sisters: Lady Elcho, Mrs. Adeane, and Mrs. Tennant by
John Singer Sargent, 1899. Housed at The Met.

 

The Wyndham Sisters: Mrs John Wyndham, Lady Cranborne, Lady Roderic Pratt in After John Singer Sargent by Cecil Beaton, 1950

The Wyndham Sisters: Mrs John Wyndham, Lady Cranborne, Lady Roderic Pratt in After John Singer Sargent by Cecil Beaton, 1950

 

 

 

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