PORTRAIT OF A FAMILY: Sargent's Wertheimers


18.00-19.15 (GMT)

Jean Strouse and Caroline Corbeau-Parsons will discuss Strouse's forthcoming book about the Wertheimer family and its relationships with John Singer Sargent.

The Wertheimers are intriguing because of their prominence in British art dealing and also because of the famous portraits of Asher Wertheimer and his family painted by the American artist John Singer Sargent between 1898 and 1908.

A glimpse into the life and times of an extraordinary family and an extraordinary artist.

Jean Strouse is the author of Morgan, American Financier and Alice James, A Biography, which won the Bancroft Prize in American History. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She served as director of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library from 2003-2017. Her new book, about John Singer Sargent's twelve portraits of the London art dealer Asher Wertheimer and his family, will be published in 2022.

Caroline Corbeau-Parsons is a curator and art historian. She gained her PhD at King's College London, and started her career as Senior Editor of the catalogue raisonné of the portrait painter Philip de László. In 2012, she joined Tate Britain, where she was Curator of British Art, 1850-1915 until this summer. Caroline curated the display currently on view at Tate Britain on Sargent's Wertheimer portraits. She returned to her native France this summer and is now Curator of Drawings at the Musée d'Orsay.

John Singer Sargent
Essie, Ruby and Ferdinand, Children of Asher Wertheimer
Oil on canvas
161.5 x 193.5 cm.
Tate Britain, London
Photo ©Tate

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