An illustrated exploration of the artist, his life and context, with a gallery of 300 paintings and drawings. An American who spent most of his life in Europe, a portraitist who painted landscapes, a family man who never married, who became the most sought-after artist in high society but then preferred to paint mountains to people. John Singer Sargent (1856‚Äì1925) was one of the most influential portrait painters of his time, but he is also an enigma. Despite his huge body of work, we know little about Sargent the man. Truly international, he was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, and was close friends with many of the leading artists, writers, actors and musicians of his generation. This insightful reference book gives a detailed biography of his life and the world he lived in, together with a gallery of his greatest and most interesting works. Susie Hodge, MA, FRSA, is an award-winning author, art historian, lecturer, artist and journalist with many publications on art history, practical art and history to her name.