This work is on view.
last quarter of 19th century
oil on canvas
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
32 in x 40 in
- Inscriptions & Markings
signature: W. Sartain, lower right
- Collection Area
- Object Type
- Credit Line
Gift of the children of Mrs. C.H. Lewis
- Accession Number
From 1867 to 1877, Philadelphia-based artist William Sartain traveled abroad and studied in the atelier, or studio, of Léon Bonnat (French, 1833–1922). Sartain, like many of his contemporaries in the nineteenth century, was drawn to exotic locations and non-European cultures that were perceived as exciting and mysterious.
The Aqueduct is probably based on studies made 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.
1998 The Other Nineteenth Century Portland Art Museum