Cancelled: to be rescheduled in 2021.

Lizzie Darbyshire, John Singer Sargent: An American Abroad

John Singer Sargent was born in Florence of American parents. In 1884 he shocked French society when he exhibited his provocative portrait of Madame Gautreau. Yet by the 1890s he had become the darling of the British aristocracy. His portraits, however, were but one expression of his precocious artistic talent.

Join me as we delve into this complex artist and his unexpectedly varied work.


Having lived in Paris for 7 years, Lizzie studied for her Post-Graduate Masters degree in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She has wide experience as a freelance lecturer, working with fine arts societies and art galleries throughout Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Lizzie is particularly interested in placing works of art within their wider social and economic context, exploring the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ behind the paintings. She is President of The Arts Society Hambleton and Chair of the North East Area.