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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2001.165.1-38
People
Sanford Robinson Gifford, American (Greenfield, NY 1823 - 1880 New York, NY)
Title
Sketchbook: New England and Hudson Valley Landscapes
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
sketchbook
Date
1860-1863
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/170372
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Sketchbook with brown fabric-covered cardboard covers
Dimensions
15 x 23.5 x 1.4 cm (5 7/8 x 9 1/4 x 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: graphite, front pastedown: S R Gifford / 15 10th St. New York
  • inscription: u.l. of front pastedown, graphite: 5 1/2 x 9 / [SS ¢?]
  • inscription: left edge of front pastedown, graphite, in artist's hand: [written with page oriented vertically:] Sutherland Pond, 5 miles from Cornwall / [small sketches, landscape] / Coat from Mr. G. Smith Homans / to be left for Mr. Fitz Hugh Ludlow / at the office of The Evening Post.
Provenance
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
2001
Object Number
2001.165.1-38
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Brown fabric-covered cardboard covers with torn pencil sleeve. Sewn page block. Binding completely broken. Pages of buff wove paper, each 14.2 x 22.8 cm. Rounded corners. Drawings in graphite, one with white chalk. Thirty-one pages of drawings; pp. 32 through 37 are blank. The front pastedown has small landscape sketches which may relate to the inscription there. The rear pastedown has a drawing of a landscape with a figure.
Publication History

Ila Weiss, Poetic Landscape: The Art and Experience of Sanford R. Gifford, University of Delaware Press (Newark, DE, 1987), pp. 90, 99, 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Gifford" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, June 2006), Unpublished, pp. 1-8 passim

Kevin J. Avery, Sanford R. Gifford in the Catskills, exh. cat., Thomas Cole National Historic Site (Catskill, New York, 2017), p. 12, 2001.165.11 repr. as fig 8

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