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Edwin Booth

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

Object Details

  • Date

    1890

  • Object Type

    Paintings

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Dimensions

    61 3/4 x 87 1/2 in.

  • Inscriptions

    Recto:

    u.l. in black pigment: John S. Sargent

  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Accession Number

    2013.7

  • Copyright

    Public domain

Additional details

Location: On view
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Educator Resources
  • What is the purpose of a portrait?

    How might the background, clothes, facial expression, and body language depicted in a portrait reveal something about the sitter?

    What strategies can an artist use to make a subject appear significant or impressive?

    To what extent does the relevance of an icon remain outside of its own time?

    How do works of art serve as records of history, even if they do not specifically reference historical events?

  • How would you describe the person you see here? Based upon these observations, what assumptions might be made about him?

    Does this portrait include hints about the man’s profession? Direct students to look closely at the items in the background, including the medallion on the fireplace. For the ability to zoom-in closely, please see the Carter’s collection on Google Arts and Culture.

    Edwin Booth was a celebrated American actor, but his theatrical achievements are often overshadowed by the infamy of his brother John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. How does this information change the way you look at this portrait, if at all?

    This painting was made in the twilight of Booth’s career, after his peak of fame and the assassination. Look closely at Booth’s facial expression, stance, and the setting he is placed in. What choices did the artist make to show Booth as an important figure nearing the end of his career?

  • Grades 9–12

    Have students select a portrait of a present-day celebrity. Each student should answer the following questions. What do we learn about the subject from this portrait? What makes the portrait successful? What elements are timeless? What elements may be unfamiliar or dated to future generations?

    All Levels

    Activity 1
    Have each student create a self-portrait to hang in a museum 100 years from now. Ask students to consider the following. What would they wear? How would they pose? What would be the setting of their portrait? Students may sketch their portrait or create a photographic self-portrait.

    Activity 2
    On a large piece of paper have students draw or trace an outline of themselves (students may need to work in pairs or with a teacher for tracing). In the background, ask students to fill in the setting and/or include items that tell an autobiographical story.

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