From: Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums
The sitter, Minna Wason was the wife
of James Wiiliam Crombie M.P. Her husband was a first cousin of Theodore
Crombie. Minna Crombie, who came from Ayrshire, was a noted philanthropist.
After her only son was killed in the First World War, she took up braille
and translated many books for the blind. Sargent has caught the serious
gaze of the young woman and at the same time has emphasised her femininity.
His later portraits, such as this one, display his apparently effortless
virtuosity. The dashing brushstrokes, particularly evident in the sparkling
rings and brooches and in her feather boa, seem entirely spontaneous.