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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook: Architectural Sketches
Work Type
c. 1885
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Sketchbook with brown, blue, and red marbled paper-covered cardboard covers
12.4 x 17.7 x 0.5 cm (4 7/8 x 6 15/16 x 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: back pastedown, paper, printed: Sticker on back pastedown, l.l.: Lechertier, Barbe and Co./ 60, Regent Street, London.
  • inscription: back pastedown, graphite: Tuesday Alma Tadema / Weds 1 - Boit / [Sinelly?] / 3 Robinson / 7:30 [Hawthorne?] Thursday 12 M. [Rotchin?] / [in black ink:] 3 Tadema / 5:40 [ ] La[ ] / Friday-- White evening / Saturday - 8 Playfair, 12 1/2 Boit / Sunday 11 [Henthing?] / Monday 6. [Cans?] 7:30 Abby [ ] /[in graphite:] Tuesday - [in black ink:] [Jameson?] / Wednesday. Also inscribed, in black ink: Ordered [Wandenberg?] for Lady Playfair / vue 96 - 158, chassis 98 - 160
  • inscription: back pastedown, black ink and graphite, in artist's hand: 8th Oct [ ] / £94.13.11 (on previous deposit) / 8th Oct added 176. [In graphite:] Heatherly's / Newman St. - Oxford St.
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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Sketchbook with brown-, blue-, and red-marbled-paper-covered cardboard covers and blue-leather-covered spine. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sewn page block. Sketchbook is incomplete, with six pages remaining. Four drawings. The pages are numbered in red-brown ink at the upper right corners. At least two pages have been removed: one after page 1, and one after page 5.

Contents: Three architectural sketches: perspective studies and vaulting designs. One sketch of a seated girl.
Contents: Three architectural sketches: perspective studies and vaulting designs. One sketch of a seated girl.
Publication History

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. 24

Exhibition History

Under Cover: Artists' Sketchbooks, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2006 - 10/22/2006

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