National Gallery at 150

Major William Clunes, died 1829Major William Clunes, died 1829 Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865 - 1932)Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865 - 1932) Diana and ActaeonDiana and Actaeon St Peter PenitentSt Peter Penitent An Old Woman Cooking EggsAn Old Woman Cooking Eggs Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778) The Sacrament of PenanceThe Sacrament of Penance The StormThe Storm Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896)Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896) The Three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia)The Three Graces (Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia)

John Singer Sargent

Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865 - 1932)
1892

"This is perhaps one of the finest examples of portraiture there is. The whole painting shimmers. Most striking of all, however, is Lady Agnew's direct gaze. She stares at the viewer almost in sexual defiance. This says so much about the character of the woman: her directness, her bold yet innocent sexuality. It is hard to believe this was painted in the late 1800s. It has the essence of ‘now'."

Brian Cox, actor

"I would be proud to have this painting in my home. It offers a simple appreciation of the shy, confident beauty of Lady Agnew; it is so uncomplicated, yet painted in a masterly fashion."

Sir Jackie Stewart, businessman and former world champion racing driver

  • Credits Purchased with the aid of the Cowan Smith Bequest Fund 1925
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 127.00 x 101.00 cm (framed: 157.00 x 133.35 x 13.97 cm)