Sir: So, Sargent's painting is lazy and lacks tension and conflict("The vapid virtuoso", 20 October). Worse still, middle-class people like it! Who cares? Sargent captured Edwardian self-confidence, self-delusion and lushness. He presents us with a seemingly limitless supply of fabulously beautiful, wealthy, privileged young women having the time of their lives and neither they nor he gives the tiniest fraction of a damn about your outraged radical sensibilities. I'll have a big slice of that.