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An oil painting of three women in formal Victorian dress. They are sitting informally next to each other - two women are sharing a chair and looking at a book, and the third woman is sitting on a chair behind them. The painting has a dark background, with the outline of a dresser on which sits a silver jug and a porcelain bowl. An oil painting of three women in formal Victorian dress. They are sitting informally next to each other - two women are sharing a chair and looking at a book, and the third woman is sitting on a chair behind them. The painting has a dark background, with the outline of a dresser on which sits a silver jug and a porcelain bowl.

John Singer Sargent, The Misses Vickers, 1884 © Sheffield Museums

John Singer Sargent, The Misses Vickers, 1884 © Sheffield Museums

John Singer Sargent, The Misses Vickers, 1884

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This group portrait was painted in the late 19th century by John Singer Sargent to mark the 21st birthday of Mabel Frances Vickers, who is shown with her sisters Florence and Clara. The painting was commissioned by their father, Colonel Thomas Edward Vickers, director of the Sheffield family firm, Vickers, Sons & Co Ltd – at the time this one of the largest engineering steel manufacturers in the world.

John Singer Sargent was famously unkind about the prospect of making the work, writing to a friend in 1884: “I am to paint several portraits in the country and three ugly young women at Sheffield, dingy hole.”

The painting was bequeathed to Sheffield by the family in 1938 and has been hugely popular ever since, now on show in the museum’s Picturing Sheffield gallery.

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An oil painting of three women in formal Victorian dress. They are sitting informally next to each other - two women are sharing a chair and looking at a book, and the third woman is sitting on a chair behind them. The painting has a dark background, with the outline of a dresser on which sits a silver jug and a porcelain bowl.

John Singer Sargent, The Misses Vickers, 1884

© Sheffield Museums

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