- John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
- Watercolor, graphite, and wax crayon on off-white wove paper
- 13 3/16 x 20 15/16 in. (33.5 x 53.2 cm)
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- Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
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The prolific Sargent made dozens of sketches and watercolors during his time at the Western Front as an official war artist for Britain. His subjects ranged from the horrific effects of modern chemical warfare to more intimate watercolors, which document the ruin and chaos of war and vignettes of daily life. Mules would have been a common sight at the front. Because of their strength and ability to maneuver difficult terrain they were widely used to transport troops, provisions, and artillery. Here Sargent avoids overt references to war but hints at the difficult conditions by depicting the mules’ hooves immersed in deep mud.