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The Aqueduct

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William Sartain, The Aqueduct, last quarter of 19th century, oil on canvas, Gift of the children of Mrs. C.H. Lewis, public domain, 20.2

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Title

The Aqueduct

Artist

William Sartain (American, 1843-1924)

Date

last quarter of 19th century

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

32 in x 40 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: W. Sartain, lower right

Collection Area

American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of the children of Mrs. C.H. Lewis

Accession Number

20.2

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Description

From 1867 to 1877, Philadelphia artist William Sartain traveled abroad, alone or with artists, such as Thomas Eakins, and studied in the atelier, or studio, of Léon Bonnat. Sartain, like many of his contemporaries in the 19th century, was drawn to exotic locations and non-European cultures that were seen as exciting and mysterious. The Aqueduct is probably based on studies from five months Sartain spent in Algiers sketching and collecting costumes and props. In this work, the form of the aqueduct and the clump of dark trees, balanced by the solitary hooded figure, create a haunting and exotic atmosphere.

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