Book Club

St. Timothy’s Book Club meets the third Sunday of the month in the Grace House Library at 12:30 pm. Please join us as we discuss current bestsellers and old favorites.

SARGENT’S WOMEN – WHO ARE THEY? WHAT ARE THEIR STORIES?

John Singer Sargent (1856 – 1925) was the leading portrait painter of his generation creating almost 900 portraits and 2000 water colors during his lifetime. Besides being beautiful to look at, many of his portraits of women have a quality that invites the viewer to wonder who this woman was and what happened to her during her life before and after sitting for this renowned (and expensive) artist. In this book, author Donna Lucey explores the stories behind 4 of the portraits of women. Sally Fairchild was the golden girl of the Fairchild family and is one in Sargent’s portrait. But it is her sister, Lucia who has the interesting life becoming a well-known painter of miniatures, the primary support of her children and her artist husband – in spite of poverty and multiple-sclerosis.

Isabella Stewart Gardner scandalized Boston society during her life and left an enduring legacy with the art she collected and the museum that bears her name there. She was a baseball fan scandalizing the city by wearing a headband with “White Socks” emblazoned on it to a Boston Symphony Concert.

Come join the St. Timothy’s Book Group in the Overby Library on Sunday, April 15th at 12:30 pm to discuss this book, Sargent and the women in his paintings. If you have a book containing prints of his work, please bring it.

For information contact Carol Lane: thefourthlane@aol.com