May 21, 2007
May 21, 2007
May 21, 2007

Portrait of Lisa Colt Curtis

Portrait of Lisa Colt Curtis


John Singer Sargent

(American, 1856-1925)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 249 x 134 x 9.5 cm (98 1/16 x 52 3/4 x 3 3/4 in.); Unframed: 219.3 x 104.8 cm (86 5/16 x 41 1/4 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1998.168

Did you know?

Although known as John Singer Sargent today, he almost never used his middle name during his lifetime.


One of the most sought-after painters of his era, Sargent achieved considerable critical and financial success portraying cosmopolitan members of high society on both sides of the Atlantic. Here, the artist depicts an acquaintance—a relative of the Colt firearms family—who had recently married his distant cousin Ralph. In her portrait, Curtis wears an elegant satin dress and poses as if she were welcoming guests into her palatial Venetian home. The painting apparently was a wedding gift to the couple by the artist; its inscription at the top right reads, "To Ralph and Mrs. Ralph, John S. Sargent 1898."


A Virtuoso Painter
Lisa Colt Curtis
See also
American - Painting
Type of artwork: 
Oil on canvas

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