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(b Florence, 12 Jan. 1856; d London, 15 Apr. 1925). American painter, chiefly famous as the outstanding society portraitist of his age: Rodin called him ‘the van Dyck of our times’. He was the son of prosperous and cultured parents who had settled in Europe, and he had an international upbringing and career: indeed, he was once described as ‘an American born in Italy, educated in France, who looks like a German, speaks like an Englishman, and paints like a Spaniard’ (William Starkweather, ‘The Art of John S.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)