|Eugenia Errazuriz (detail)|
Sargent is right up there at the very highest point in portraiture. The quality of his work is invariably top notch - I can think of none more consistent in any age - unlike (say) the comparable and broadly contemporary Whistler, Atkinson Grimshaw and Manet, the latter of whom could produce some really dreadful stuff on a bad day.
Well worth the time: and if you've any left over well, I chose the The Real Tudors, even if a bit Wolf-Hall derivative. Just couldn't face the Grayson Perry, Who Are You? - whatever his merits on a different day, today I decided I didn't want to find out.
ND pic credit: http://www.johnsingersargent.org/