The Frame-Up Audio Tour

5 – San Vigilio, Lake Garda

John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925)
San Vigilio, Lake Garda, 1913
oil on canvas
Gift of The Beaverbrook Foundation



This is my favourite painting in the entire gallery! I like to sneak away and sit on the stony pier and dangle my feet in the water. Don’t you love the colours in the water, the shimmery blues and greens? Sometimes I even jump in the lake and go for a swim.

Remember what I said about artists thinking of other things while they’re painting? Well, lucky for me, John Singer Sargent thought of a café, owned by Signor Rossi, which makes the most delicious gelatos in the world.

The only tragedy is that on the day the artist finished the painting, Signor Rossi had run out of chocolate gelato, so I’ve never been able to have some.

I also like to take naps on the pier, which is what I was doing when I was discovered by Sargent Singer, the gallery director’s son.

At first, I thought it was horrible that I’d gotten caught, but now I think that was the best thing that ever happened to me and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.