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Daughter: The companion, the friend, and the confidant of her mother, and the
object of a pleasure something like the love between the angels to her father.
~ Richard Steele
John Singer Sargeant (1856-1925) was born in
Italy to American
parents. he spent most of his life in London but studied painting
in Florence and under Carolus Duran in Paris.
In England at the time, probate records show that
equally on girls and boys while still young. Indeed an examination
of bequests and dowries showed little disparity in generosity
between the two sexes. On the other hand, in the area of future
careers, much more was spent on education and apprenticeships
for sons than for daughters.
Beatrice Goulet was once shown in the main
gallery in the place
of honor at annual exhibit of the Society of American Artists. M. G.
van Rensselaer, an art critic at the time, said that although she
hesitated to call it Singer's finest work, it was certainly his