Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, John Singer Sargent, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Lady Agnew of Lochnaw, John Singer Sargent, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh

Jason and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary today!  We spent our 10th anniversary visiting England, Scotland, and Belgium.  One of the highlights of the trip was seeing the painting Lady Agnew of Lochnaw at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.  I had studied this painting in an American art seminar in grad school, and I just love the colors and the brushstrokes.  It was thrilling to see it in person!

Below is information about this painting from the museum’s website.  On the website you can also purchase earrings, a necklace, and a ring that were inspired by the jewelry worn by Lady Agnew!

“Lady Agnew’s direct gaze and informal pose, emphasised by the flowing fabric and lilac sash of her dress ensure the portrait’s striking impact. Andrew Noel Agnew, a barrister who had inherited the baronetcy and estates of Lochnaw in Galloway, commissioned this painting of his young wife, Gertrude Vernon (1865-1932), in 1892. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1898 and made Sargent’s name. The sculptor Rodin described him as ‘the Van Dyck of our times’. Portrait commissions poured in and Sargent enjoyed something of a cult following in Edwardian society. It also launched Lady Agnew as a society beauty.”

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