Portrait of Charles Napier Hemy by John Singer Sargent

Sargent painted this emotionally charged portrait of his friend Hemy after the tragic death of another friend earlier in the year.


Oil on canvas
67.3 x 51.8 cm
Art Fund grant:
£62,000 ( Total: £285,000)
Acquired in:
JA Napier Hemy

It is very different from the bravado style of Sargent's society portraits and is painted with an honest simplicity and compassionate warmth that places it firmly among his greatest masterpieces. Charles Napier Hemy was Falmouth's first Royal Academician and one of the founding members of the first Falmouth Art Gallery. Falmouth purchased a seascape by Hemy with an Art Fund grant in 2008.


By descent through the sitter's family.

Venue details

Falmouth Art Gallery Municipal Buildings, The Moor, Falmouth Cornwall TR11 2RT 01326 313 863 www.falmouthartgallery.com/

Entry details

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