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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; Mrs. A. H. Berly; (Christie's, New York, March 3, 1913, lot 34); (Colnaghi and Obach, New York, 1913); (Robinson and Farr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1913); (Macbeth Galleries, New York); Mabel Stevens Smithers, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1925; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1952; acquired 2014 by the National Gallery of Art

Exhibition History
1881
The Salon, Paris, France, 1881, no. 3413 (or 3414), as "Vue de Venise"
1925
[exhibition title unknown], Macbeth Galleries, New York, 1925, no. 19, as "Canal Scene, Venice"
1983
John Singer Sargent: Drawings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 1983, p. 53, no. 25, repro
1999
"Sketch Everything and Keep Your Curiosity Fresh": Sargent Drawings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1999
2003
Whistler and His Circle in Venice, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2003
2009
John Singer Sargent in the Corcoran Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2009-2010
Bibliography
1980
Adelson, Warren. John Singer Sargent: His Own Work. New York: Coe Kerr Gallery, 1980, 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.