The latest PleinAir Podcast with Eric Rhoads features Richard Ormond, the leading authority on (and a blood relative of) John Singer Sargent. Ormond’s grandmother was Sargent’s sister, with whom Sargent travelled throughout his life. Ormond grew up knowing her until she died when he was 16.
Ormond was the former Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery in London from 1975 to 1983, after which he became the Director of the National Maritime Museum in London until 2000.
In this podcast, Ormond discusses how Sargent came to have a great dislike for portraits, when he began referring to them as “paughtraits” at a certain point in his career. He also tells us that there are still undiscovered Sargent works that show up — Ormond is specifically calling for yet unseen charcoal drawings. He heads a vetting committee to handle the difficult process of weeding out potential false claims and submissions.
Listen to the podcast below to learn more about Richard Ormond and John Singer Sargent:
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