Mrs. Hugh Hammersley

Mrs. Hugh Hammersley

John Singer Sargent


Oil on canvas

81 x 45 1/2in. (205.7 x 115.6cm) Framed: 91 1/2 x 52 5/8 x 4 3/4 in. (232.4 x 133.7 x 12.1 cm)

Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1998.365)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglass Campbell, in memory of Mrs. Richard E. Danielson, 1998

Mrs. Hammersley (née Mary Frances Grant, ca. 1863–ca. 1902), wife of a banker and a fashionable London hostess, is lightly poised on an elegant French sofa. Her willowy form and candid expression suggest Sargent's ability to characterize and flatter simultaneously. Her gold-trimmed silk-velvet dress and the sumptuous setting announce his mastery of varied textures and patterns. [continued below]


  • Sitter’s face, hair, and jewel
  • Right hand, end of sleeve, and velvet
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