About this artwork

Mrs Ernest Hills was the daughter of Evan Wynne-Roberts of The Knowle, Surrey, a barrister and Justice of the Peace. In 1895 she married Frank Ernest Hills (died 1895) of Redleaf House, Penshurst in Kent. The black dress and sombre mood may reflect mourning for the recent death of the sitter's husband. Sargent painted a later portrait of Mrs Hills (around 1905), a portrait of her brother-in-law, Sir George Fowke in 1921 and drawings of both Sir George and Lady Fowke in 1912.

  • title: Constance Wynne-Roberts, Mrs Ernest Hills of Redleaf (died 1932)
  • accession number: NG 1787
  • artist: John Singer SargentAmerican (1856 - 1925)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1895
  • measurements: 156.00 x 102.00 cm (framed: 132.08 x 186.05 x 10.16 cm)
  • credit line: Bequest of Mrs Ernest Hills 1933

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

The American artist Sargent became one of the most fashionable and highly successful portrait painters of Edwardian society. He was born in Italy and travelled extensively both in childhood and throughout his career. Sargent trained in Paris and developed a fluid painting style, remarkable for his dazzling brushwork and bold handling of light. He also painted fine landscapes and produced moving and powerful pictures as an official war artist during the First World War. His move to London in 1884 was prompted by the scandal his provocative portrait of Madame Gautreau caused at the Paris Salon.