A Greek Orthodox priest awaits an evening service on Corfu. Sargent painted 'Vespers' there on a visit in the autumn of 1909. As he grew older Sargent abandoned the showy society portraits of his youth. He preferred intimate landscapes and townscapes, usually in watercolour.The technique of this oil painting imitates watercolour methods. The composition is informal, with the priest placed in a corner, his figure cut off below his waist. The priest was added last, over the completed scene. Sargent exhibited and sold this painting at London’s Royal Academy the following summer.