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The Grand Canal Venice 
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
c. 1902 
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Watercolor over graphite on white wove paper
24.9 x 35.3 cm (actual)
Signature, l.r., in brown ink:  "John Singer Sargent: à Léon Delafosse en toute admiration et amitié, John S. Sargent
inscription: verso, graphite, brown ink, l.r.: John Singer Sargent: [encircled:] 4330
label: back of frame, paper, brown ink, l.r.: John Singer Sargent: Cette Aquarelle est la propriété de Mr. Leon Delafosse, G. Barthole le 15 Mai, 1932. G.B. [1]
Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop 
Jpg: Sargent at Harvard

The Canal Grande (Grand Canal) is the main channel that snakes through the bulk of the islands of Venice. It is along the Grande that the stately Plazzi (palaces) are found.

This watercolor (Grand Canal Venice) was a gift to Sargent's friend Leon Delafosse whom he had painted in 1899. 

Leon Delafosse



John Singer Sargent, His Own Work (New York, NY, 1980), in checklist, unpaginated

Margaretta M. Lovell, A Visitable Past: Views of Venice by American Artists, 1860-1915 (Chicago IL and London, 1989), pp. 65-66, fig. 75

Carl Little, The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent (Berkeley, CA, 1998), repr. pp. 34-35 (color)

Edward Katz, ed., The Asheville Reader (Asheville, NC, 1999), repr. on cover (color)


Delafosse, Leon (Owner)..

Winthrop, Grenville L. (Owner)., Bequest to Fogg Art Museum 1943.

1) Translation of inscription

Signature, l.r., in brown ink: "To Leon Delafosse in all admiration and amitie[?], John S. Sargent" 

The label on the back of frame: "This Watercolor is the property of Mr. Leon Delafosse, G. Barthole the 15 May, 1932. G.b." 



Other Paintings of Grand Canal

Grand Canal, Venice
unknown date 
Watercolor over graphite

Festa Della Regatta
c. 1903

On the Canal

On the Grand Canal
c. 1907

In a Gondola (Jane de Glehn)

Palazzo Grimani
c. 1904

Study for a Venetian Facade-- Casa La Madonnetta




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