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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.1815.20.11.A
People
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Title
Sketch of a Fountain; verso: Two Caricatured Heads
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
album page, drawing
Date
Feb 1907
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/194766
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Black ink on off-white wove paper (recto and verso)
Dimensions
folded sheet: 20.6 x 13 cm (8 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.r., black ink: J. S. Sargent / Feb. 1907
  • inscription: l.l. of verso, black ink: J. S. Sargent Feb. 07
  • inscription: l.r. of verso, black ink: J. S. Sargent Feb. 1907
Provenance
David Murray, London, sold; [through Christie’s, London, May 28, 1934, lot 2], sold; [to Martin Birnbaum], gift; to Grenville L. Winthrop, 1935, bequeathed; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943

A number of the drawings in this album were given to Murray (a Scottish landscape painter and Royal Academician, 1849-1933) by Sargent. Murray lived at 1A Langham Chambers, Portland Place, London.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.1815.20.11.A
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
The sketch was made on Royal Academy letterhead; in red, it is printed "Royal Academy of Arts / London, W. / 190__" The drawing of the fountain is folded on the outside of the sheet. The heads are visible when the sheet is unfolded. Another caricatured head is visible on the underside of the sheet, but the sheet is completely adhered to the album leaf.
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