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Inscription

lower left in brown watercolor: John S. Sargent; center verso in blue pencil by unknown hand: MK 905; center verso in graphite: No 1/SS-6S (strikethrough) / No 4 15 Cen de Marge (strikethrough)

Provenance

Estate of Henry Schlesinger; sold by Mrs. A. H. Berly at Christie's, March 3, 1913, lot 34 (as "A Canal Scene, Venice"); (Colnaghi and Knoedler [Obach], New York, 1913); Robinson and Farr, Philadelphia, PA, 1913 (as "A Canal Scene with a Gondala, Venice"); (Macbeth Galleries, New York); Mabel Stevens Smithers, Greenwich, CT, 1925; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1952; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art

Bibliography
1980
Adelson, Warren. John Singer Sargent: His Own Work. New York: Coe Kerr Gallery, 1980, p. unknown, as "Gondola on Canal"
1983
Simmons, Linda Crocker and with the assistance of Adrianne J. Humphrey, et al. American Drawings, Watercolors, Pastels, and Collages in the Collection of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1983: p. 105, no. 687.
1991
Honour, Hugh, and John Fleming. The Venetian Hours of Henry James, Whistler, and Sargent. London: Walker Books, 1991, p. 60.