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“Mrs. Fiske Warren and Her Daughter Rachel” by John Singer Sargent

"Mrs Fiske Warren and Her Daughter Rachel" by John Singer Sargent

“Mrs. Fiske Warren and Her Daughter Rachel”

by John Singer Sargent

“Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel” is an oil on canvas portrait painting completed in 1903 by the American portrait artist John Singer Sargent.

Gretchen Osgood Warren came from a prominent Boston family and was an accomplished poet as well as being an actress and singer.

She posed with her eldest daughter Rachel at Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Mansion (now the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), where Sargent had set up a temporary studio.

Gretchen was born in 1871 to an affluent family from the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill, Boston. Due to her family’s wealth, she was able to study and pursue music and drama. 

She married into another affluent Beacon Hill family when she became the wife of Fiske Warren in 1891, twelve years before this painting.

Sargent depicts Gretchen seated in a Renaissance-style chair with her daughter tightly by her side and seated on a smaller chair by her side. S

argent is emulating an aristocratic pose while using a modern approach to the brush strokes.

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent is considered one of the leading portrait painters and is known for his evocations of the luxury of his era.

He created over 900 oil paintings and more than 2,000 watercolors, as well as multiple sketches and drawings. He also traveled extensively across Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

Many of John Singer Sargent portraits, which can be found in museums across the world, depict society’s leading lights and the opulence of their time.

Mrs. Fiske Warren and Her Daughter Rachel

  • Title:                      Mrs. Fiske Warren (Gretchen Osgood) and Her Daughter Rachel
  • Artist:                    John Singer Sargent
  • Year:                      1903
  • Medium:                Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions           152.4 cm × 102.55 cm (60.0 in × 40.37 in)
  • Museum:                Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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“I do not judge, I only chronicle.”
– John Singer Sargent


Photo Credit: John Singer Sargent [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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