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Spanish Soldiers

John Singer Sargent

American Art

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.
MEDIUM Translucent and opaque watercolor with graphite underdrawing
DATES ca. 1903
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Unsigned
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 09.840
CREDIT LINE Purchased by Special Subscription
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