John Singer Sargent
Portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner
1888, Oil on canvas
Isabella Stewart Gardner was painted in 1888 when she was forty-seven years old. It was first exhibited at the St. Botolph Club in Boston.
A controversy about the halo design around her head, neckline, and full figure resulted in Isabella's husband, Jack Gardner, asking that the painting not be exhibited again in his lifetime. The painting was not exhibited publicly again until after her death in 1924.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.