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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Palette used by John Singer Sargent
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Work Type
19th-20th century
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on wood
56.5 x 38 cm (22 1/4 x 14 15/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Gift of Miss Emily Sargent and Mrs. Francis Ormond in memory of their brother, John Singer Sargent (through Thomas A. Fox, Esq.), 1933.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Miss Emily Sargent and Mrs. Francis Ormond in memory of their brother, John Singer Sargent (through Thomas A. Fox, Esq.)
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European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Christopher Reed, "Out of Place? An Exhibition Asks the Meaning of Things", Harvard Magazine (March-April 2011), 113, no. 4, ill. p. 68
  • Sebastian Smee, "These are just a few of their quirkiest things" [review of "Tangible Things"], The Boston Globe (March 6, 2011), p. A11, repr. p. A1
  • Matthias Krüger, "Paletten und Palettenbilder", Das haptische Bild: Körperhafte Bilderfahrung in der Neuzeit, ed. Markus Rath, Jörg Trempler, and Iris Wenderholm, Akademie Verlag (Berlin, 2013), pp. 159-181, p. 159, pl. 1
  • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Ivan Gaskell, Sara Schechner, and Sarah Anne Carter, Tangible Things: Making History through Objects, Oxford University Press (NY) (New York, 2015), pp. 135-140, repr. p. 135 as part of fig. 111, p. 136 as fig. 112, p. 137 as fig. 113, and p. 139 as part of fig. 114
  • Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1914-1925, Yale University Press (New Haven, 2016), p. 50
  • "Sargent's Colorful Past", Index Magazine ([e-journal], June 12, 2018),, accessed July 13, 2018
  • Joyce Townsend and Georgina Rayner, "Sargent's Painting Materials: New Discoveries and Their Implications", Visual Culture in Britain (2018), 19:1, pp. 89-111, pp. 90, 97, 99, 102, fig. 9

Exhibition History

  • Sargent in the Studio: Drawings, Sketchbooks, and Oil Sketches, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/10/1999 - 09/26/1999
  • Tangible Things, The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Cambridge, 01/24/2011 - 05/29/2011
  • 32Q: 2100 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/08/2018 - 07/18/2019
  • 32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/11/2015 - 05/10/2015; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 08/17/2017 - 01/07/2018; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/28/2023 - 05/07/2023

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