John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on white wove paper
10 x 13 9/16 in. (25.4 x 34.4 cm) Mat: 16 × 22 in. (40.6 × 55.9 cm) Framed (standard exhibition frame): 18 1/4 × 24 1/4 × 1 1/8 in. (46.4 × 61.6 × 2.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Not on view
This scene could represent a caravansary in Egypt, Greece, or Turkey (which Sargent visited in 1890–91) or a market in Spain or Tangier (which Sargent visited in 1895). The earthy palette, accented by blues and purples, and the fluid technique typify the artist's watercolor style in the 1890s. Broad washes suggest the shadowed interior spaces beneath the arcades, and indeterminate forms appear in the courtyard amid clusters of urns and containers. Sargent's cursory graphite underdrawing is clearly visible, especially in the architecture.
Inscription: [on verso at center top]: 5 /10 [encircled]; [at lower left]: SW
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