The First World War curtailed Sargent’s travels across Europe. In March of 1918, his beloved niece Rose-Marie was killed during the bombing of a church in Paris. In June of that year, Sargent was sent by the British War Office to France as an official war artist. At the front, he sketched soldiers and ruined buildings, and on returning to England, he painted the monumental Gassed, 1918–19 (Imperial War Museum, London).
Sketches of Standing Soldiers, 1918, detail
Graphite on paper, 35.6 x 35.6 cm (sketchbook page)
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums,
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond
The Triumph of Religion