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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
The Matterhorn
Other Titles
Alternate Title: From Sketchbook "Splendid Mountain Watercolours"
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
38.8 x 27 cm (15 1/4 x 10 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.r., graphite: Matterhorn / L. Corner Glacier / Zermatt
To the artist's sisters, Violet (Mrs. Francis) Ormond and Emily Sargent, at his death, 1925; gift of Mrs. Ormond to the Fogg Art Museum, 1937.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Exhibition of Works by the Late John S. Sargent, R. A., exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London, England, 1926), no. 183

John Singer Sargent, His Own Work, exh. cat., Coe Kerr Gallery, Inc. (New York, NY, 1980), in checklist, unpaginated

Stephen D. Rubin, John Singer Sargent's Alpine Sketchbooks: A Young Artist's Perspective, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 1991), p. 8

Marjorie Shelley, "'Splendid Mountain,' a Sketchbook by the Young John Singer Sargent", Metropolitan Museum Journal (New York, NY, 1993), vol. 28, pp. 185-205, p. 192

Stephanie Herdrich and Helen Barbara Weinberg, American Drawings and Watercolors in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: John Singer Sargent, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2000), p. 66, under no. 17; p. 94, under no. 17kk

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 295-96, cat. 312, ill.

Bob Raczka, Before They Were Famous: How Seven Artists Got Their Start, Millbrook Press (Minneapolis, MN, 2011), p. 17, repr.

Gabrielle Townsend, John Singer Sargent: Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. p. 83

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2012), p. 90

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Works by the Late John S. Sargent, R.A., Royal Academy of Arts, London, 01/14/1926 - 03/13/1926

Unidentified Exhibition, Berkshire Museum, 1944, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, 02/01/1944 - 02/28/1944

Young America: Artists Under Forty, Brandeis University, Waltham, 06/06/1954 - 06/20/1954

American Paintings from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Symphony Hall, Boston, 02/21/1958 - 03/15/1958

Landscape into Art, Atlanta Art Association, Atlanta, 02/06/1962 - 02/25/1962

John Singer Sargent's Alpine Sketchbooks, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 01/09/1993 - 03/07/1993

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