John Singer Sargent

George Francis Milne, 1st Baron Milne, 1866 - 1948. Field-Marshal (Study for portrait in General Officers of World War I, 1914 - 1918) (1920 - 1922)

About this artwork

Born in Aberdeen, Milne entered the army at the age of nineteen and rose to the rank of Colonel by 1905, serving in South Africa and in the Sudan. On the outbreak of the First World War, Milne commanded the 4th Divisional Artillery but was later promoted to the command of the 27th Division. He was Chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1926-33, and was made Field Marshal in 1928. This painting is a study for a large group portrait by Sargent called 'General Officers of World War I'.

  • title: George Francis Milne, 1st Baron Milne, 1866 - 1948. Field-Marshal (Study for portrait in General Officers of World War I, 1914 - 1918)
  • accession number: PG 1012
  • artist: John Singer SargentAmerican (1856 - 1925)
  • depicted: George Francis Milne
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1920 - 1922
  • measurements: 56.00 x 40.70 cm (framed: 65.20 x 49.90 x 4.30cm)
  • 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.