One of the leading portrait artists of his time (late 1800s to early 1900s), he characterized Edwardian-era style in his paintings.
As a boy, Sargent began drawing by copying the sketches of ships and landscapes in the The Illustrated London News.
He painted 'Portrait of Madame X,' which became so controversial it derailed his portraiture career in Paris.
Parents were named Mary and FitzWilliam.
Throughout his life, he drew over 2,000 watercolors and about 900 oil paintings; another very famous Italian-born artist was Michelangelo Buonarroti.