Vicomte de Manneville and His Dog
S. Seymour Thomas ( American, 1868 - 1956 )
Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, wealthy Americans commissioned artists like S. Seymour Thomas, John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, and John White Alexander to paint their likenesses. This depiction of Vicomte de Manneville in hunting garb, rifle in hand and obedient dog by his side, is an example of Thomas's society portraiture. In addition to recording the Vicomte's appearance and pastime, this work served to advertise the artist's skill. Thomas kept the painting in his studio for nearly fifty years as an example of his skilled representation of figures and animals.
Emily Schiller, DMA label text, 20017.