View in the Alhambra, Spain

Description
Stephen Ferris sketched and painted this pencil and watercolor view of buildings in the Alhambra complex of Granada, Spain, in 1881. This is not a finished view but a work in progress. The people rendered in pencil outline have not been colored, and there are many second thoughts like the tree at left, which has been enlarged. While in Granada, Ferris wrote a friend that he and his son were busy making sketches “much in memorandum for future use in pictures.” So captivated were they by the city that they spent more than half their Spanish visit there.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Painting
watercolor
Object Type
Watercolor
Date made
1881
graphic artist
Ferris, Stephen James
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
watercolor (part material)
graphite (part material)
Measurements
sheet: 35.7 cm x 25.4 cm; 14 1/16 in x 10 in
place made
Spain
ID Number
GA*14545
catalog number
14545
accession number
94830
subject
Art
Communications
Spain
Ferris Collection
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Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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