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Venetian Canal

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
1913
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions:
15 3/4 x 21 in. (40 x 53.3 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:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915
Accession Number:
15.142.10
Not on view
Like many of his contemporaries, Sargent was captivated by Venice and visited the city frequently between 1898 and 1913. For the focal point of this watercolor, he chose the relatively obscure yet picturesque tower of the Church of San Barnaba. He positioned himself close to the water, as if in a gondola, to present a view looking down the Rio de San Barnaba toward the Grand Canal.
Signature: [at upper right]: John S. Sargent

Inscription: [on verso at upper left]: 1373
[at center]: j
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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