John Singer Sargent is best known for his glamorous society portraits. Now, for the first time in Britain, the Royal Academy presents more than 80 paintings, drawings and watercolours that reveal a less familiar side of the artist - teh seascapes and coastal scenes produced in his early career during journeys from Paris to Brittany, Normandy and Capri, as well as images inspired by the artist's transatlantic voyages. Sargent came from a New England family steeped in trade and shipping, and his maritime knowledge and passion for the sea are evident in this body of work, executed when he was between 18 and 23 years old.

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