The Sargent Society honors the thoughtful generosity and foresight of individuals who have provided support for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, or the School of the Museum of Fine Arts through their wills, life income arrangements, personal trusts, or other long-term gifts.
John Singer Sargent’s relationship with the MFA and SMFA began around the turn of the twentieth century. The Museum is fortunate to be home to many of the artist’s most important and best-loved paintings, drawings, and watercolors as well as the heroic murals that Sargent specially designed for the dramatic space in the Ruth and Carl Shapiro Upper Rotunda. He was a consultant to the MFA, recommended several important acquisitions, and while residing in Paris during the last years of his life, served as an advisor to the School’s Traveling Scholarship recipients studying in Europe.
Perhaps no other work symbolizes the tradition of giving that has shaped the MFA and SMFA so well as Sargent’s masterpiece The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. Donated by Mr. Boit’s four daughters, the painting is a dramatic reminder of how generous friends have helped to build and strengthen the Museum and the School into cultural institutions of national and international preeminence.
Benefits of Membership in The Sargent Society
Members of the Sargent Society receive a welcome gift upon joining, invitations to an annual recognition event and other gatherings, and acknowledgment in the Museum’s annual report and other donor listings. Most importantly, Sargent Society members have the satisfaction of knowing that they are providing long-term support to allow the MFA and SMFA to plan for the future, realize cherished goals, maintain financial stability, and reach ever-increasing levels of accomplishment.
Current Sargent Society Members
See the list of current Sargent Society members, who have so generously given to the MFA.