Coventry Patmore

Coventry Patmore

John Singer Sargent


Oil on canvas

36 in. x 24 in. (914 mm x 610 mm)

National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG 1079)

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According to the National Portrait Gallery site, "Patmore was urged to sit for Sargent in the summer of 1894 by his friend, and fellow author, Edmund Gosse. The finished picture was rapturously praised at the 1895 Royal Academy, being described by the Magazine of Art as the most electrifying portrait in the exhibition. Gosse himself said of the portrait that 'a hand of consummate power has fixed for ever upon the canvas the apocalyptical old age of Coventry Patmore.'"

Source: Champneys, I

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow

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