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John Singer Sargent’s Mugs and Madame X

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) made hundreds of rapidly drawn charcoal sketches of society personalities, drawings he referred to as “mugs.” He made these in response to a high demand for his work. Not being able to satisfy all with oil paintings, he satiated his sitters with quick charcoal drawings.  These portraits are mostly of wealthy patrons, although sometimes he would make exceptions. But that is…

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