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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook ("Munich. July 1st 1884"): Figure and Animal Studies
Work Type
c. 1884 - 1889
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Sketchbook with limp brown cloth covers and leather edges
10 x 16.7 x 0.6 cm (3 15/16 x 6 9/16 x 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: back pastedown, paper, printed: Georg Stuffler / Kunst & Schreibmaterialen-Handlung / München
  • inscription: back pastedown, black ink, in artist's hand: Violet's portrait / 60-73 chassis
  • inscription: back pastedown, graphite, in artist's hand: Spence Hardy / Manual of Buddhism / Waldeck / Mexico
  • inscription: back pastedown, graphite: Lhg / Hma.
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 limp brown cloth covers, leather edges; and pencil sleeve. Pages of cream, green, and brown wove paper, with light green endpapers. Sewn page block. Green endpapers, which have been numbered as sketchbook pages. Sketchbook is incomplete, with twenty-six pages remaining; three pages, now numbered in graphite at upper right (8a, 8b, 8c) were cut out and subsequently reinserted. Fourteen drawings.The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corners. Three pages have been inserted between pages 8 and 9 and are marked in graphite 8A, 8B, and 8C. Several pages were removed before the book pages were numbered, including three pages after page 1, and three pages after page 14. Eight pages have been cut out following page 8, but three of these are loose in the sketchbook. A number of pages are blank; on more than one of the blank pages is visible a watermark: CF [and a design].

Contents: Figure studies, studies of snakeskin, the crucified Christ, a Javanese head(?), sketches of an eagle's head and talons, figures in a boat.
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

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), pp. 190-191, under nos. 181-183; p. 281, under no. 246

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