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John Singer Sargent & Thomas McKeller at the Gardner Museum

Please check if the museum is open before you go

Happening now until May 17

Boston’s Apollo – Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent

In 1916 Sargent, who built an international reputation for his society portraits, met a young African American elevator attendant named Thomas McKeller at the Hotel Vendome in Boston. Sargent made McKeller a model for the murals he painted for the Museum of Fine Arts, depicting McKeller as male and female, as white gods and goddesses.

Sargent gave his preliminary drawings of McKeller to Isabella Stewart Gardner. Now the Gardner is displaying the drawings together for the first time.

It’s a thought provoking look at race and gender, identity and relationships.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115

Individual memberships are $70/year, which gives you access to all exhibits and other benefits. Individual tickets are $12 for seniors. The museum is wheelchair accessible.

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2 thoughts on “John Singer Sargent & Thomas McKeller at the Gardner Museum”

    1. Brenda Nashawaty

      Hope we get to see it . Maybe the museum will keep it open longer than planned, will see if I can find out! XO

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