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  • How they met themselves
    Sargent, John Singer, born 1856 - died 1925
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How they met themselves

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    first quarter 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sargent, John Singer, born 1856 - died 1925 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze group may be identified with that described in a manuscript notebook listing the contents of Sargent's studio on his death: 'Bronze. Four figures, after Rossetti. The lovers meeting their own souls, by J. S. Sargent. 10 inches high.' The composition of this piece is based on a drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, that shows two lovers meeting with their doubles in a wood at midnight - perceived to be an omen of death. According to a biography of Sargent published in 1927, a small engraving of Rossetti's The Meeting of Arthur and Guinevere was displayed in Sargent's studio.

John Singer Sargent (b. Florence 1856 - d. London 1925) was an American painter and draughtsman, active in England. He was the most fashionable portrait painter working in England and the USA in the late 19th, early 20th century.

Physical description

Statuette, bronze. A pair of lovers in medieval dress meet their doubles. The woman on the right stretches out her arms and swoons. The composition is based on a drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, of whom Sargent was a warm admirer.

Place of Origin

England (made)


first quarter 20th century (made)


Sargent, John Singer, born 1856 - died 1925 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 25 cm

Object history note

In the studio of the artist on his death. Handley-Read Collection, bought from Thomas Stainton, Madeley Penn Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, for £220 in 1972.

Descriptive line

Statuette group, bronze, 'How they met themselves', by John Singer Sargent, England, after 1900

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum London, 2002, p.352, cat. no. 528
Jervis, Simon, Victorian and Edwardian decorative art: the Handley-Read collection, London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1972
Read, B. and Barnes, J., Pre-Raphaelite Sculpture. Nature and Imagination in British Sculpture 1848-1914, (exh. cat.), Matthiesen Gallery, London; Birmingham City Art Gallery, Birmingham; London, 1991, p. 136, cat. no. 47
Charteris, E., John Sargent, London, 1927, p. 88
サージェント展 = Sargent exhibition in Japan, Tokyo : Yomiuri Shimbun, 1989



Subjects depicted

Lovers; Woman; Man




Sculpture Collection

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