- John Singer Sargent 1856–1925
- Watercolour on paper
- Support: 343 x 537 mm
frame: 529 x 710 x 20 mm
- Presented by Lord Duveen 1919
N03408 THE PIAZZETTA, VENICE c. 1904
Inscr. ‘John S. Sargent’ b.l.
Watercolour, 13 1/2×21 1/8 (34·5×53·5).
Presented by Lord Duveen 1919.
Coll: As for N03405.
Repr: W.T. Whitley, The Art Collections of the Nation (Studio Special Number), 1920, p.107.
A close-up view, seen from a gondola, of the mooring place in front of the Old Library, with a glimpse of the column of St Mark in the Mid-distance, but in other respects the watercolour is not strictly topographical. The artist showed two watercolours of the Piazzetta at the loan exhibition held by Carfax & Co., April 1905: No.31 lent by the artist, and No.37 lent by p. Wilson Steer. Charteris (1927, p.287) lists an oil ‘Piazzetta, Venice’, 21 1/2×27 in., under the year 1905.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II