26 May 1999
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)
Facade of a Palazzo, Girgente, Sicily
inscribed 'Girgente' (lower right)
watercolor on paper
10 x 7 in. (26 x 17.8 cm.)
By descent in the artist's family.
Christie's, London, England, November 12, 1976, lot 57.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming John Singer Sargent catalogue raisonn by Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, in collaboration with Warren Adelson and Elizabeth Oustinoff.
Please note the frame for this lot is a gilded oak period frame, c. 1890 with applied ornamentation, on loan from Eli Wilner & Company, Inc., NYC. This frame is available for purchase. Please inquire with the department.
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