The second volume of the definitive catalogue raisonné of the work of the American painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), this gorgeoug book comprises oves one hundred and fifty formal portraits and portrait sketches in oil and water-colour, which the artist painted between 1889 and 1900. The catalogued works have been grouped into chronological sections, each with its own introduction to set the particular group in context. In addition, an overall introduction places Sargent in the context of European portraiture of the : past and of his own tune. Each work is documented in depth : entries include traditional data about the painting or water-colour ; details of the work's provenance, exhibition history and bibliography ; a short biography of the Bitter ; a discussion of the circumstances in which the work was created and a critical discussion of its subject matter, style and significance in Sargent's career : With very few exceptions, all the works are reproduced in colour. There is also an illustrated inventory of Sargent's studio props and accessories. This important work is essential reading for anyone interested in the art and social life of Britain and America in the 1890s. Many of the leading personalities of the era were portrayed by Sargent in images that are penetrating studies of character as well as original and exciting works of art. They present an unrivalled panorama of the leading lights and high achievers of a period of restless change and intense creativity.