- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - An upcoming John Singer Sargent exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will focus on the celebrated artist’s portraits of his famous friends.

“Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends” opens June 30 and runs through Oct. 4 at the New York City museum.

The American artist was a leading society portraitist at the turn of the 20th century who studied in Paris and lived in London.

His subjects included artists, writers and musicians.

Many of their portraits were not commissioned. This allowed Sargent to pose them more informally.

The 90 featured works will include one of Claude Monet painting outdoors. A portrait of Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry shows her singing.

Portraits of other leading figures include “Treasure Island” author Robert Louis Stevenson and Boston collector Isabella Stewart Gardner.

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