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Richard Ormond, great nephew of John Singer Sargent introduces this unique exhibition of rarely seen works.

The exhibition celebrates two important recent gifts to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford which will be exhibited at the Broadway Museum & Art Gallery from 22 May-3 October.

Richard will discuss rarely seen works by John Singer Sargent, the most prominent member of the Broadway Colony of Artists, and his contemporaries Augustus John, his sister Gwen John, and Philip Wilson Steer. Of particular interest will be the important group of watercolours by Sargent’s beloved sister Emily, never before publicly exhibited.

John Singer Sargent, (1856-1925) is one of the most significant artists of his time. Famed as a portrait painter he was also a gifted landscape artist and watercolourist. He is known for his brilliant technique, human sympathy, and his own brand of Impressionism, which was no doubt influenced by his friend Claude Monet.

Sargent was no stranger to the village of Broadway, as during the summers of 1885-86 he enjoyed communal life as part of a group known as the Broadway Colony of Artists. It was in Broadway that Sargent painted his Impressionist masterpiece Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose (Tate Gallery), begun in the grounds of Farnham House on The Green and completed the following year at nearby Russell House.

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