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John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Sybil, Countess of Rocksavage, 1913, oil on canvas, Marquess of Cholmondeley, Houghton Hall, Photo: Pete Huggins, by kind permission of Houghton Hall

John Singer Sargent and the Sassoons: The Story of an Artist and His Patrons

Friday, Jul 25, 2014
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Kaylin Weber, assistant curator, American paintings and sculpture.

Sir Philip Sassoon (1888–1939), a glamorous and well-known figure in Britain in the early 20th century, was the most eligible bachelor and the greatest host of his time. He attained prominence in the art world, high society, and politics. In contrast, his sister Sybil (1894–1989) lived a much more private life. Yet she was fascinating in her own right, marrying into the grandest level of the English aristocracy, restoring Houghton Hall—formerly the house of Sir Robert Walpole, England's first prime minister—to magnificence, and serving in the high command of the Women’s Royal Naval Service during both world wars. Among her friends was artist John Singer Sargent, who painted portraits of her and her brother Philip. It's an extraordinary story of friendship and patronage.

A reception to meet the speaker follows the lecture. Guests may also enjoy the exhibition Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House until 8 p.m. and join in a Your Turn to Speak Tour.

$5 MFAH members
$20 Nonmembers
Secure your seat in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button above and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

More Houghton Hall Summer Lecture Topics
Friday, July 11, 6 p.m. “The Pictures That Got Away: The Great Old Master Paintings That Sir Robert Walpole’s Grandson Sold to Catherine the Great”
Friday, July 18, 6 p.m. “A Splendid Legacy: Generations of Collecting at Houghton Hall”
Friday, August 1, 6 p.m. “William Kent: Designing for the Grand Tour Taste”

The Houghton Hall Summer Lectures receive generous funding from the Houston Antiques Dealers Association Endowment.