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John Singer Sargent RA, At Torre Galli: Ladies in a Garden

At Torre Galli: Ladies in a Garden, 1910

John Singer Sargent RA (1856 - 1925)

RA Collection: Art

This view was painted at the Villa Torre Galli, near Florence where Sargent stayed in 1910 with friends who included the artists Sir William Blake Richmond, Wilfrid and Jane de Glehn. The Villa, which was owned by the marchese Farinola, features in several of Sargent's works. Its colonnaded loggia opened onto a picturesque garden allowing the framing of compositional stage settings. Here, three women are positioned towards the edge of the picture frame, moving from the loggia to the garden. Wrapped in cashmere shawls, they appear self-contained and uncommunicative giving the painting a decorative rather than narrative focus. The model for all three women is believed to have been Jane de Glehn.

Object details

At Torre Galli: Ladies in a Garden
Object type
Oil on canvas

711 mm x 915 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Given by Mrs Violet Ormond 1936

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