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A moorish patio; two columns at r, beyond patterned floor, and open doorway, with three steps inside
Watercolour, over graphite
Verso: Study for the jewellery design in the painting 'Fumée d'ambre gris'
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Height: 249 millimetres
Width: 342 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Sargent travelled to Spain in 1879 where he studied the paintings of Diego Velazquez in the Prado, Madrid, and later travelled south to Cordoba, Granada, Seville, Malaga, and Gibraltar. At the Alhambra, the palace of the Moorish and later Christian kings, Sargent was mainly interested in architectural design and ornament. The present watercolour drawing is one of a number of works recording this interest. The drawing shows the entrance to the Patio de los Leones. A similar view presenting the same entrance from a different angle is at the Metropolitan Museum, New York (50.130.36). See Richard Ormond, Elaine Kilmurray, ‘John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882. Complete Paintings,’ catalogue raisonné, vol. IV. New Haven/London 2006, cat. no. 750.
Elaine Kilmurray, director of the Sargent catalogue raisonné, has identified the studies on the verso of this drawing as sketches for the jewellery in Sargent's oil painting 'Fumée d'ambre gris' (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass.) which was exhibited at the Salon in Paris in 1880. It was conceived in Tangier, North Africa and almost certainly painted or finished in Paris.
For more information about John Singer Sargent’s work as a watercolourist, see the curatorial comment for 1925,0811.1.
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- Exhibition history
1986/7 Oct-Jan, NY, Whitney Museum of American Art, 'Sargent', no. 173
2017 21 Jun-8 Oct, London, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Sargent's Watercolours: A new look
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- Acquisition notes
- The nine drawings by Sargent 1959,0102.1 to 9, came directly from Mrs Violet Ormond, Sargent's sister, and were presented to the BM anonymously by Sir Alec Martin of Christie's.
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