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Tommies Bathing

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
1918
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions:
15 5/16 x 20 3/4 in. (38.9 x 52.7 cm) Mat: 22 × 28 in. (55.9 × 71.1 cm) Framed (standard exhibition frame): 24 1/2 × 30 1/2 × 1 1/8 in. (62.2 × 77.5 × 2.9 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Accession Number:
50.130.48
Not on view
As in the other "Tommies Bathing" in the Museum's collection (50.130.58), Sargent employed a high, voyeuristic viewpoint. Here, however, it is enhanced by the proximity of the men to each other and their state of complete relaxation and obliviousness. With impressive technical facility he captured the shadows cast across the bodies by the blades of grass.
Inscription: [on verso at upper left]: Tommies bathing /1917; E.S. / 9 /3 [encircled]; [at center]: I /21; [at lower left]: W W
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
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