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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Sanford Robinson Gifford, American (Greenfield, NY 1823 - 1880 New York, NY)
Sketchbook ("1851 / Northern New York")
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Sketchbook with brown-paper-covered cardboard covers
15 x 22.6 x 1.5 cm (5 7/8 x 8 7/8 x 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, front pastedown: S R Gifford / 1851
  • label: cover of book, paper, brown ink, handwritten: 1851. / Northern New York / Lake Pleasant & c. / Sullivan Co. Rondout [Ride?] / Hudson
  • label: front pastedown, paper, black ink, handwritten: 141 / [81?]
  • inscription: rear pastedown, graphite, in artist's hand: Lt. Red / Olive Green


Recorded Ownership History
By descent through artist's family, 1880; Alice Carter Gifford, Cambridge, MA; bequeathed to her son Sanford Gifford, Cambridge, MA; his gift to the Harvard University Art Museums, 2001.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Sanford Gifford
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Sketchbook with brown-paper-covered cardboard covers, embossed with ivy leaf pattern. Brown leather spine. Sewn page block (binding broken). Pages of off-white wove paper, 14.2 x 22 cm. Drawings mostly graphite, some with white chalk added; one watercolor. The page following p. 1 has been cut out and a stub remains. Front pastedown has a small graphite sketch of a tent. Rear pastedown has graphite sketches of a standing man in a fez, seated figures, and a circular landscapes.

Publication History

  • Ila Weiss, Poetic Landscape: The Art and Experience of Sanford R. Gifford, University of Delaware Press (Newark, DE, 1987), p. 332
  • Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2001-2002 (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 23
  • Sandra Kelberlau, "How One Landscape-Painter Paints: The Technique of Sanford Robinson Gifford" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, June 2006), Unpublished, pp. 1-8 passim

Exhibition History

  • Under Cover: Artists' Sketchbooks, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2006 - 10/22/2006

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