John Singer Sargent, R.A. 1856 - 1925
At Torre Galli: Ladies in a Garden
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At Torre Galli: Ladies in a Garden, 1910
Oil on canvas, 711 X 915 mm
Given by Mrs Violet Sargent Ormond, 1936
03/1388
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This view was painted at the Villa Torre Galli, near Lucca where Sargent stayed in 1910 with friends who included the artists Sir William Blake Richmond, Wilfrid and Jane de Glehn. The Villa, which was owned by the marchese Farinola, features in several of Sargent's works. Its colonnaded loggia opened onto a picturesque garden allowing the framing of compositional stage settings. Here, three women are positioned towards the edge of the picture frame, moving from the loggia to the garden. Wrapped in cashmere shawls, they appear self-contained and uncommunicative giving the painting a decorative rather than narrative focus. The model for all three women is believed to have been Jane de Glehn.

This work is currently on display in the Reynolds Room at the Royal Academy of Arts and can be viewed by attending one of the free tours of the John Madejski Fine Rooms. Click here for further information about the tours