The Debutante (1891).

The Debutante - frame

Elizabeth Swinton (Sargent)
Elizabeth Ebsworth by John Singer Sargent (image: Art Institute Chicago).

The identity of the young woman is not known for certain, but she is suspected to be Elizabeth ‘Elsie’ Ebsworth, who married, four years after this portrait was painted, Scottish-born army officer and Conservative politician George Swinton. In 1897, now a professional singer and society hostess, Elizabeth was painted by Annie’s friend and supporter, John Singer Sargent.

The correct title should be ‘The Debutante’. A ‘debutant’ (i.e., without an ‘e’ on the end) is a male making his first public appearance, not a female.

LOCATION: CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY AT MANCHESTER ART GALLERY, LENT BY RICHARD TAYLOR FINE ART.

 

The Debutante

The Debutante - neck

The Debutante - waist

The Debutante - shoulder

Photos: Jonathan Russell.


 

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