A treasured oil painting by renowned artist John Singer Sargent -- one of America’s greatest portraitists -- has been fully John Singer Sargentrestored and will be on display at Northwestern University Libraries.


The rare, up-close viewing will be from May 5 through May 19 in the third floor reading room of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Deering Library, 1937 Sheridan Road, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

“Removal of the yellowed varnish has significantly improved the tonal qualities of the painting and allows for closer examination of Sargent’s brushwork and creative use of color,” said Scott Devine, the Marie A. Quinlan Director of Preservation and Conservation at University Libraries. “The painting, which is one of Sargent’s last large-scale society portraits, can now be studied and fully appreciated for the way in which it references Sargent’s earlier works.”

After the special display the painting will be placed back in climate-controlled storage until the anticipated renovation of Deering Library. The Deering Library is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

This year’s restoration of Sargent’s portrait of Mrs. Dorothy Allhusen was made possible thanks to a $9,000 grant by The Alumnae of Northwestern University, an all-volunteer group of women that has given more than $7.5 million in fellowships, scholarships, and awards to faculty and students during the past 100 years.


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