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The frustrated life of John Singer Sargent

Paul Fisher describes how Sargent became increasingly bored by society commissions and far preferred experimenting with watercolours or sketching the male anatomy

‘Mountain Stream’, c.1912-14, depicting Sargent’s Italian factotum Nicola d’Inverno. [Alamy]

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