Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler (1893). John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925). Oil. Smithsonian American Art Museum.
“Bessie” Chanler’s determination and strength of character emerge forcefully in Sargent’s remarkable portrait. Wealth and social position did not shield her from tragedy. Yet she prevailed and eventually married John Jay Chapman, a family friend. Sargent greatly admired his subject, observing that she possessed “the face of the Madonna and the eyes of the Child.”
Portrait of Elizabeth Winthrop. George Richmond, R.A. (English, 1809-1896). Oil on panel.
Richmond’s success as a portrait-painter was due as much to his power of drawing out the best from his sitter in conversation as to skill in delineation. Being a very skillful and rapid draughtsman, he was able, while putting himself into sympathy with his sitter, to report the happiest moment and fleeting changes of expression, and to get out of his subject more than at first sight appeared to be there.
William has just received the best present of his life—an old, real-looking stone and wooden model of a castle, with a drawbridge, a moat, and a fingerhigh knight to guard the gates. It’s the mysterious castle his housekeeper has told him about, and even though William is sad she’s leaving, now the castle is his! William can’t wait to play with the castle—he’s certain there’s something magical about it. And sure enough, when he picks up the tiny silver knight, it comes alive in his hand! Sir Simon tells William a mighty story of wild sorcery, wizards, and magic. And suddenly William is off on a fantastic quest to another land and another time—where a fiery dragon and an evil wizard are waiting to do battle…