John Singer Sargent’s Mrs. Carl Meyer and Her Children

Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children 1896 John Singer Sargent 1856-1925 Bequeathed by Adèle, Lady Meyer 1930, with a life interest for her son and grandson and presented in 2005 in celebration of the lives of Sir Anthony and Lady Barbadee Meyer, accessioned 2009   http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T12988

Date(s): Sep 16, 2016 – Feb 5, 2017
Location: Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY, United States

Seductive, flamboyant, and deeply revealing, this lushly painted portrait captures the world of a privileged family of English Jews who lived over century ago. Carl Meyer, the husband of the sitter, worked for the Rothschild family as their chief clerk and negotiator before becoming the deputy chairman of South Africa’s De Beers mining group. In 1910 he was ennobled with a Baronetcy.

As a society hostess known for her exuberant soirées, enchanting voice, and support of the arts, Lady Meyer was also a socially concerned philanthropist supporting working class women, underprivileged families, and women’s suffrage. On loan from the Tate Britain in London, it has been over 10 years since this painting was on view in the United States. The exhibition highlights this remarkable work—contextualizing it with other family portraits, family photographs, personal correspondence and domestic memorabilia, as well as satirical imagery from popular culture that relates to both the Meyer family and John Singer Sargent.

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