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

Description

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.

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