John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on off-white wove paper
18 7/16 x 12 3/8 in. (46.8 x 31.4 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Not on view
The earliest watercolors by Sargent in the Museum’s collection date from 1865–68, when the artist was about ten years old. From childhood, watercolor afforded him a versatile medium with which to record the people and places that captured his attention. Although the inscription on the verso, which is not in Sargent’s hand, suggests that this bold watercolor was painted at Purtud, north of Courmayeur, Italy, the site could well be any of the other alpine regions the artist visited after 1900.
Inscription: [at lower right]: J. S. S.; [on verso at upper center]: 3/6 [encircled]; [at lower left]: NMW; J. S. S. Purtud
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