According to Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, "Mrs. Hugh Smith, neé Constance Adeane (d. 1918), was a relation by marriage of Madeline Wyndham, whom Sargent had painted with her sisters in 1899 (Lady Elcho, Mrs. Adeane and Mrs. Tennant). She married Colin Hugh Smith in 1865. He was governor of the Bank of England from 1897 to 1899. Their son Vivian, also a banker, was created first Baron Bicester in 1938.
"Mrs. Hugh Smith is shown in a white lace-trimmed dress, a fur coat and lace cap. Her jewellery includes various necklaces with pendant jewels, one of which is heart-shaped, and an ornate clasp bracelet. She is seated in one of the artist's bergère chairs before a rich red drape.
"The portrait was exhibited at the New Gallery, London, in 1904. Frank Rinder described it as 'a half-length, in which the flesh-tones are admirably expressed, masses of soft fur beautifully rendered, there is almost a tenderness in the painting of the chiffon cap-strings which encircle the face' (Art Journal, 1904, p. 193), and the critic for the Graphic wrote of the portrait as 'a lady with silver hair and a lace-trimmed fur coat (and a dirty hand) –a brilliant piece of work' (Graphic, 30 April, 1904, p. 600)" (John Singer Sargent: The Later Portraits, 2003, pp. 127-28).
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