Algerian Water Carrier

  • William Sartain, Algerian Water Carrier, after 1874, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of William T. Evans, 1911.5.1

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William Sartain lived in Algiers for several months in 1874. He immersed himself in Arab culture, eating the food, studying the language, exploring the countryside, and even wearing native clothing. His sketches of the countryside, architecture, and local people became the basis for many images he painted later in America. This piece shows an alleyway with a man carrying a jug of water and a large bowl. The painting is typical of Sartain’s work, which showed intimate scenes of everyday life rather than dramatic monuments or panoramas.

Title
Algerian Water Carrier
Artist
Date
after 1874
On View
Dimensions
22 x 15 in. (55.9 x 38.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of William T. Evans

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – full length
  • Occupation – domestic – water carrier
  • Cityscape – Algeria
  • Ethnic – Algerian
Object Number
1911.5.1
Palette
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