John S. Sargent: His Life and Work

John S. Sargent: His Life and Work

John S. Sargent: His Life and Work

John S. Sargent: His Life and Work

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JOHN SINGER SARGENT, the son of Doctor Fitzwilliam Sargent and Mary Newbold Singer Sargent, was born in Florence, Italy, on January 10, 1856. He was one of the descendants of Epes Sargent, of Gloucester, Massachusetts (1690-1762), the founder of the American branch of this remarkable family. The two sons of Epes Sargent were Winthrop and Daniel; and John Singer Sargent was of the fourth generation from Winthrop. An amazing number of the Sargents have attained distinction in various walks of life, so much so that it may be said success is the rule rather than the exception with the members of this line. John Sargent's father, a physician and author, of Gloucester and Boston, married Mary Newbold Singer of Philadelphia. She came of a good old Philadelphia family, and was a beautiful and accomplished woman, a woman of "exceptional cultivation, not unskilled with her brush, an excellent musician, nervous, rest-

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