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Military Camp

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
1918
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions:
13 3/8 x 20 7/8 in. (34 x 53 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Accession Number:
50.130.51
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 770
In summer 1918, Sargent traveled to France as an official war artist for the British government. Commissioned to paint a picture commemorating the joint efforts of American and British troops, he spent four months along the Western Front in France and Belgium, sketching and painting in watercolor as he searched for a subject. In this watercolor, Sargent records a camp scene with vehicles, but seems to delight in rendering the trees with his expressive technique and filling the foreground (probably unfinished) with large passages of pigment.
Inscription: [on verso at upper left]: 43; 82 [underlined] By J.S.Sargent 1914; [at center]: [G?] /21; [at lower left]: V O / (Trust); [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
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