Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, Art of the Americas

Although John Singer Sargent was considered British in England and American in the US, when he was elected to the Royal Academy in 1894, the artist told a colleague he still considered himself an American, declaring “I keep my twang.” Compare Sargent’s British and American paintings and patrons, including the murals he created in London for the MFA.

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Above: John Singer Sargent, 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, 1904. 2003.274. Oil on canvas. 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.