Highlights of the MFA’s Sargent Collection Include Dazzling Murals and Iconic Portraits
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), houses one of the most comprehensive collections of artwork by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) anywhere in the world––comprising approximately 500 objects. Sargent’s extraordinary talents continue to amaze––from his intimate portraits and light-filled landscapes to figure studies and dramatic murals. Visitors can view John Singer Sargent Watercolors in the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery, and then search for his masterpieces throughout the Museum. Works on paper not currently on view can be seen by appointment in the Morse Study Room.
Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Gallery
- The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (1882), located in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Gallery
- Rehearsal of the Pasdeloup Orchestra at the Cirque d'Hiver (about 1879–80), located in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Gallery
- Helen Sears (1895), located in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Gallery
- A Capriote (1878), located in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Gallery
- Architecture, Painting and Sculpture Protected by Athena from the Ravages of Time (1921), located in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Colonnade
- Nude Study of Thomas E. McKeller (about 1917–20), located in the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Gallery
- Frieze of the Prophets (about 1892), located in the Carol Vance Wall Rotunda
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its encyclopedic collection, which includes an estimated 450,000 objects. The Museum’s collection is made up of: Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 9:45 p.m. Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions, including John Singer Sargent Watercolors. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 p.m. admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The MFA’s multi-media guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.