Almina Daughter of Asher Wertheimer 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
Tate Gallery, London
Oil on canvas 
134 x 101 cm
Presented by the widow and family of 
Asher Wertheimer in accordance with his wishes 1922
Jpg: Tate Gallery

From: Tate Gallery Display Caption 

This painting was the last in the series of Sargent’s portraits of the Wertheimer family. Almina was Asher Wertheimer’s fifth daughter. She is shown in an exotic, ‘oriental’ costume, including an ivory-white Persian dress and a turban entwined with pearls. The white and green over-jacket was a studio prop and the musical instrument (the sarod from northern India) was owned by the artist. Such fantasy images of European women cast as alluring ‘orientals’ were highly fashionable at the turn of the twentieth century. Their origins can be found in Van Dyck’s portraiture and French orientalist paintings of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 

Reverse of Almina Wertheimer

The Wertheimer paintings


Created 8/24/2000