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George Frederick Francisco Sargent, usually called Frederick Sargent, the eldest child of George Frederick Sargent and his Spanish wife Rosa, was born in London on 10th May 1837, five weeks after his parents' marriage. His father (1811–1864) was a prolific wood-engraver, including for illustrated periodicals. In 1854, and for the next 20 years – as 'Frederick Sargent' - he began exhibiting small watercolour portraits and miniatures at the RA. After his parents' separation before 1861 he lived with his mother, and in that year’s census (Clapham) is listed as an 'Artist in Oils'. Later he took to painting big multi-portrait oils, together with single celebrity portraits (e.g. Disraeli, Gladstone, Dickens), all apparently designed to be issued as prints.

Text source: Art Detective


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