William Brownlee, D.L. (1836-1914) Provost of Dundee, 1878-1881

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John Singer Sargent
Born Italy (of American parents), 1856-1925

Portrait of William Brownlee, 1902

Oil on canvas
A Presentation Portrait
Museum Number 94-1912

You were really someone if you were painted by Sargent. Inspired by the fluid brushworks of Hals and Velasquez, he created his signature swagger portrait and captured the confidence of Edwardian society.

Brownlee, a local builder and former Provost of Dundee (1878-81), exudes calm authority and success

William Brownlee, D.L. (1836-1914) Provost of Dundee, 1878-1881
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