John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
15 5/16 x 20 3/4 in. (38.9 x 52.7 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Not on view
Sargent recorded a number of scenes of camp life while traveling in France as an official war artist for the British government, researching and gathering information for a major painting he would produce back in London. Here Sargent records a vignette of military life focusing on the army tent and vehicles. Two soldiers sitting on a bench at the right edge of this sheet are rendered in a cursory manner that reveals the artist’s rapid technique.
Inscription: [on verso at upper left]: 102 [underlined]; [at upper right]: V.O. (Trust); [along center right edge]: By J.S. Sargent 1914; [at center]: N / [illegiblle crossed out mark] /21; [at lower left]: WW
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