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Charles Stewart, Sixth Marquess of Londonderry, Carrying the Great Sword of State at the Coronation of King Edward VII, August, 1902, and Mr. W. C. Beaumont, His Page on That Occasion

John Singer Sargent1904

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

Although Sargent had declined a commission to paint the coronation of Edward VII in 1902, he captured its pageantry in this image of Lord Londonderry and his nephew. The artist recreated the event's solemn magnificence by making watercolor sketches of Westminster Abbey, where the coronation had taken place, and posing Lord Londonderry in the full regalia he had worn, holding the Great Sword of State. In full-length portraits such as this, Sargent sought to become heir to a long tradition of Grand Manner portraiture, aligning himself with such renowned masters as Anthony van Dyck and Thomas Lawrence, both admired for their depictions of British nobility. Sargent's painting would have been compared directly; the Londonderry family owned at least three portraits by Lawrence.

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  • Title: Charles Stewart, Sixth Marquess of Londonderry, Carrying the Great Sword of State at the Coronation of King Edward VII, August, 1902, and Mr. W. C. Beaumont, His Page on That Occasion
  • Date Created: 1904
  • Physical Dimensions: w1956 x h2870 mm
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Gift of an American Private Collector and Museum purchase with the generous assistance of a Friend of the Museum, and the Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection, M. and M. Karolik Fund, Harry Wallace Anderson Fund, General Funds, Francis Welch Fund, Susan Cornelia Warren Fund, Ellen Kelleran Gardner Fund, Abbott Lawrence Fund, and funds by exchange from a Gift of John Richardson Hall, Bequest of Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow, Gift of Alexander Cochrane, The Hayden Collection—Charles Henry Hayden Fund, Anonymous gift, and Bequest of Maxim Karolik. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://ow.ly/8Qc1z
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • By: John Singer Sargent

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