John Singer Sargent - Ponte della Canonica, 1903-1907

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(Florence, 1856 - 1925, London)

Object details

Accession number

P3w3

Primary Creator

John Singer Sargent

Full title

Ponte della Canonica

Creation Date

1903-1907

Provenance



Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner at auction from Anderson Galleries, New York on 6 February 1920 for $3,500, through American artist Louis Kronberg (1872–1965).

Marks

Inscribed and signed in ink (upper left): To Miss Wertheimer / John S. Sargent
Inscribed in blue pencil (verso): 4044

Dimensions

45.8 x 30.6 cm (18 1/16 x 12 1/16 in.)

Display Media

Watercolor on paper

Dimension Notes

Frame: 70 cm x 55 cm (27 9/16 in. x 21 5/8 in.)

Web Commentary

Sargent and Isabella Stewart Gardner shared a lifelong love of Venice. Both visited the city repeatedly and knew it well. This view, as many others, was painted by Sargent from a gondola. Perhaps looking at this picture, Gardner remembered one of her own gondola rides on Venice's canals. She purchased it many years after her last visit to the lagoon city.

Source: Oliver Tostmann and Anne-Marie Eze, The Inscrutable Eye: Watercolors by John Singer Sargent in Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Collection, exhibition on view in the Museum's Fenway Gallery, October 31, 2013–January 20, 2014.

Permanent Gallery Location

Blue Room

Bibliography

Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 27.
David McKibbin. "Sargent's Water-Colours of Venice at Fenway Court." Fenway Court (1970), pp. 19-25, fig 2.
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), pp. 229-30.
Alan Chong et al. (eds.) Eye of the Beholder: Masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, (Boston, 2003), pp.94-95.
Elizabeth Anne McCauley et al. Gondola Days: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Palazzo Barbaro Circle. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2004), pp. 39-41, fig. 35.

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Commentary

Sargent and Isabella Stewart Gardner shared a lifelong love of Venice. Both visited the city repeatedly and knew it well. This view, as many others, was painted by Sargent from a gondola. Perhaps looking at this picture, Gardner remembered one of her own gondola rides on Venice's canals. She purchased it many years after her last visit to the lagoon city.

Source: Oliver Tostmann and Anne-Marie Eze, The Inscrutable Eye: Watercolors by John Singer Sargent in Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Collection, exhibition on view in the Museum's Fenway Gallery, October 31, 2013–January 20, 2014.