John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on off-white wove paper
12 x 17 7/8 in. (30.5 x 45.4 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Not on view
The peripatetic Sargent made his second trip to the Middle East in 1905-6 to conduct research for a mural commission for the Boston Public Library. While traveling through Syria and Palestine, he captured the sights and scenery in a series of watercolors and sketches. In this view from Jerusalem, Sargent recorded the gentle descent of the landscape toward the horizon. The vivid hues of the sky and the contrast of the warm and cool colors on the ground suggest a transitional moment, probably sunset.
Inscription: [on verso on upper left]: 139 From Jerusalem / by J.S.Sargent / E.S.; [at center top]: 7/5 [encircled]; [at center]: 4/4; [at lower left]: NA
the artist, until d. 1925; his sisters, Mrs. Francis Ormond (Violet Sargent) and Miss Emily Sargent, until 1936 (Emily Sargent's death); Mrs. Francis Ormond, until 1950