Grace Elvina, Marchioness Curzon of Kedleston (1925). John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925). Oil on canvas. Currier Museum of Art.
Sargent experimented with this pose in several sketches for the portrait. The final pose is restrained, yet expressive. While not minimizing his sitter’s elegance and luxurious beauty, Sargent focuses on Lady Curzon’s face and hands. As she fingers her pearls, her lips pressed tight and her eyes opened wide, Lady Curzon reveals an eloquent tension and lingering sadness.