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image of Street in Venice John Singer Sargent (artist)
American, 1856 - 1925
Street in Venice, 1882
oil on wood
overall: 45.1 x 53.9 cm (17 3/4 x 21 1/4 in.) framed: 65.4 x 76.2 x 6.4 cm (25 3/4 x 30 x 2 1/2 in.)
Gift of the Avalon Foundation
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From the Tour: Whistler, Sargent, and Tanner — Americans Abroad in the Late 1800s
Object 2 of 7


Purchased 30 January 1888 by Elizabeth Chanler, Boston, at the St. Botolph Club Exhibition; given by her to Stanford White [1853-1906], New York, for professional services;[1] his wife, Mrs. Bessie Smith White [d. 1950], New York; their son, Lawrence Grant White [1887-1956], St. James, Long Island, New York; his wife, Mrs. Laura Astor Chanler White, St. James, Long Island, New York; purchased 1962 by NGA.

[1] (This note does not appear in the provenance published in the 1998 NGA systematic catalogue entry on the painting.) The early part of the provenance comes from letters and notes in NGA curatorial files. However, Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, in their Sargent chronology for late October 1887, cite the following: "Stanford White hosts a dinner at which Sargent is guest of honor. Sargent offers [James Carroll] Beckwith his choice of two Venetian studies as a wedding gift. Beckwith chooses Venetian Bead Stringers (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo), and Sargent gives A Street in Venice (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC) to Stanford White." (See Ormond and Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: The Early Portraits, New Haven and London, 1998: xvii.)

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