John Singer Sargent -- American painter
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Oil on canvas
148.9 x 98.4 cm (58 5/8 x 38 3/4 in.)
Jpg: National Gallery
Painted in Sargent's Tite Street studio in London.
From: The National Gallery
During the Civil War, Peter Arrell Brown Widener (1834-1915) was a tradesman who supplied meat to the Union Army near Philadelphia. Following the war, he successfully invested his profits in trolley cars and public transit systems. He collected in the princely tradition; antique furniture, tapestries, and decorative arts created a palatial setting for his Old Master paintings and sculpture. Widener also set an important precedent for other American collectors by acquiring the works of Edouard Manet and Auguste Renoir when these artists were still considered daringly avant-garde. P. A. B. Widener left the family collection in trust to his son, Joseph, for eventual donation to a public museum.
The following year he would paint another one of Peter.
National Gallery of Art
By: Natasha Wallace
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