First Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. 1885.
Then The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (1882).
At some point, Sargent became very enamored with all things Spanish. This painting, the psychological aspects of which deserve closer scrutiny, owed much to a Velazquez painting - at least with regards to composition. The beautiful Japanese vases still exist and have even been donated by heirs of the Boit family to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. There they flank this painting, which in 1919 was donated to the museum by the four siblings depicted.
None of these girls would ever marry and they would live lonely lives, with only the two youngest ones, those in the foreground, keeping contact with each other. The two oldest would as adults suffer from debilitating mental illnesses. The names of the girls are Mary Louisa, Julia Overing, Jane Hubbard, and Florence.
It is... as if Sargent has painted here a foreshadowing of these lovely girls' fates. Notice how the older girls seem to be withdrawing already in darkness.
Sad. If it's any consolation for the girls' souls - Sargent has made them immortal.
I suppose this is my favourite. Lady Agnew of Lochnaw. Painted in 1892 and 1893.
Classy Lady. Somehow Sargent has captured here sensuality without the slightest hint of eroticism.
Enjoy, nite. Oh yeah...
... Dead White Male.