John Singer Sargent

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig, 1861 - 1928. Soldier (study for portrait in General Officers of World War I, 1914 - 1918, in the National Portrait...

About this artwork

This painting is a study for a large group portrait by Sargent called 'Generals of the Great War'. Haig was a professional soldier, who had served in the Sudan, South Africa (the Boer War) and India before 1914. In 1915 he was given command of the First Army and his generalship during the later years of the First World War led to the breaking of the Hindenburg line of defence and the Allied victory of 1918. After the war, Haig was reponsible for uniting ex-servicemen in the Royal British Legion.

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

The American artist Sargent became one of the most fashionable and highly successful portrait painters of Edwardian society. He was born in Italy and travelled extensively both in childhood and throughout his career. Sargent trained in Paris and developed a fluid painting style, remarkable for his dazzling brushwork and bold handling of light. He also painted fine landscapes and produced moving and powerful pictures as an official war artist during the First World War. His move to London in 1884 was prompted by the scandal his provocative portrait of Madame Gautreau caused at the Paris Salon.