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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1937.7.9
People
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Title
Sketchbook ("1872/Dresden"): Figure and Animal Studies
Classification
Drawings
Work Type
sketchbook
Date
1872
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/307624
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Sketchbook with brown paper-covered cardboard covers
Dimensions
12.2 x 16.1 x 1 cm (4 13/16 x 6 5/16 x 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: front cover of sketchbook, paper, black ink, handwritten: 1872 - Dresden
  • inscription: back pastedown, graphite: 6 1/2
  • label: back pastedown, brown paper, printed: Emil Geller / Kunsthandlung / Dresden / Waisenhausstr.
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite: [oriented upside down to the rest of the sketchbook:] Left at 8 1/4 / Top of hill 9 / [Engelsburg?].
Provenance
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
1937
Object Number
1937.7.9
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Sketchbook with brown-paper-covered cardboard covers, brown- cloth-covered spine and corners; [three] pencil sleeves. Pages of off-white, tan, and buff wove paper. Sewn page block. Sketchbook is incomplete, with twenty-seven pages remaining. Twenty-nine drawings.The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corner. Several pages are missing, including the page before page 1 and four pp. after p. 12 (one of these shows brown ink at the edge; another shows gray wash). The page numbering apparently occurred after their removal. Several pages (those between 16 and 23 inclusive) are blank; these blank pages are numbered.

Contents: Village scenes, figure studies, animals, some in Dresden, Carlsbad, and Engelsburg. Sailboat, windmill at Sanssouci, Potsdam, watercolor landscape, chairs.
Publication History

Edward J. Nygren, John Singer Sargent: Drawings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (Washington, D.C, 1983), under nos. 9, 14

Miriam Stewart and Kerry Schauber, "Catalogue of Sketchbooks and Albums by John Singer Sargent at the Fogg Art Museum", Harvard University Art Museums Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, Fall 1999 - Winter 2000), vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 16-38, p. 21

Exhibition History

Sargent in the Studio: Drawings, Sketchbooks, and Oil Sketches, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/10/1999 - 09/26/1999

Sargent and the Sea, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, 09/12/2009 - 01/03/2010; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 02/14/2010 - 05/23/2010; Royal Academy of Arts, London, 07/10/2010 - 09/26/2010

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