John Singer Sargent

General Henry Sinclair, Baron Horne, 1861 - 1929. Soldier (Study for portrait in General Officers of World War I)

About this artwork

Born in Caithness, Horne was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He served with the Royal Horse Artillery in India and in the South African War of 1899 and later in Ireland. On the outbreak of the First World War, Horne was appointed Brigadier-General and commanded the artillery of the First Army under Douglas Haig. In the retreat through the Marne, the Aisne and at Ypres, Horne was placed in charge of the rear-guard and did notable service. In 1915, Kitchener chose Horne to go with him to the Dardanelles and thereafter gave him the task of devising a defence scheme to cover the Suez Canal. Later Horne returned to France and took command of the First Army. For his war services, Horne received the title of Baron Horne.

  • title: General Henry Sinclair, Baron Horne, 1861 - 1929. Soldier (Study for portrait in General Officers of World War I)
  • accession number: PG 1011
  • artist: John Singer SargentAmerican (1856 - 1925)
  • depicted: General Henry Sinclair
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1920 - 1922
  • measurements: 56.00 x 41.00 cm (framed: 65.40 x 50.10 x 5.50 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased 1925

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.