Lady Helen Vincent, Viscountess of d’Abernon (1904). John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925). Oil on canvas. Birmingham Museum of Art.
Sargent elongated Lady Helen’s arms to accentuate her gracefulness. Correspondence reveals that near the end he repainted the color of her dress, changing it from white to black. In so doing, he accentuated her milky-white skin, a signifier of her noble status. The darker dress also lifts the viewer’s eye upwards to her renowned face. Lady Helen’s deep gaze refers to her reputed intellect.
François Hubert Drouais, 1727–1775, Les Portraits de MM. de Béthune jouant avec un chien (Children of the Marquis de Béthune Playing with a Dog), 1761, oil on canvas, Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art
Sir Edward Burne-Jones “Palace Green Murals of Cupid and Psyche - Cupid Flying away from Psyche” 1872-81 by Plum leaves Via Flickr: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones,(1833–1898) British Pre-Raphaelite artist and designer.
Oil on canvas
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK
From the series of twelve panels, based on ‘The Story of Cupid and Psyche’ from William Morris’s epic poem, 'The Earthly Paradise’, commissioned by the 9th Earl of Carlisle for his newly-built home in No 1 Palace Green, Kensington.