John Singer Sargent
At the end of a tour through Spain in 1903, Sargent visited the famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela and painted watercolors of Spanish soldiers recuperating in the sunlit courtyards of the fifteenth-century Royal Hospital. Although the title of this work suggests the anonymity of its subjects, Sargent conveyed a specific likeness in the primary figure, despite his summary description. He was clearly drawn to this model, who appears in a number of his watercolors.
Translucent and opaque watercolor with graphite underdrawing
18 1/16 x 12 1/16 in. (45.9 x 30.6 cm)
frame: 29 7/8 x 23 7/8 x 1 3/8 in. (75.9 x 60.6 x 3.5 cm) (show scale)
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John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856-1925). Spanish Soldiers, ca. 1903. Translucent and opaque watercolor with graphite underdrawing, 18 1/16 x 12 1/16 in. (45.9 x 30.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased by Special Subscription, 09.840 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.840_PS6.jpg)
overall, 09.840_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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