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Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children (1896). John Singer Sargent (1856‑1925). Oil on canvas. Tate. “A later group portrait of flamboyant London culturata, Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children (1896), is as over-the-top as its patron. The gorgeous fabrics and intensity of this famous hostess is as celebrated in this painting as her lack of concern about her offspring, whose tenuous hold on her is graphically illustrated by Sargent’s outrageous composition…most eccentric yet telling of any portrait...”