Neapolitan Children Bathing

John Singer Sargent

American, 1856–1925

Neapolitan Children Bathing


Sargent developed this painting from pencil sketches and oil studies made during his travels in southern Italy. Local children bask in the heat of a lazy summer’s day. A young boy wearing a flotation device looks toward the sea, where the head of a swimmer bobs above the surface. Thinly applied washes of blue and green indicate the calm water, while thicker strokes suggest the texture of cresting waves and grainy sand.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 10 9/16 x 16 3/16 in. (26.8 x 41.1 cm) Frame: 16 1/8 x 21 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (41 x 55.2 x 5.7 cm)
Object Number 1955.852
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1923
Status Off View

Image Caption

John Singer Sargent, Neapolitan Children Bathing, 1879, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.852.


Conrads, Margaret C. American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1990.


George Millar Williamson (1849–1921), New York (by March 1879); Frederick J. Williamson, by descent; [M. Knoedler & Co., New York, 19 December 1922, sold to Clark, 29 December 1923]; Robert Sterling Clark (1923-1955); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.