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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Merjelen See
Other Titles
Alternate Title: From Sketchbook "Splendid Mountain Watercolours"
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
27 x 38.7 cm (10 5/8 x 15 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: l.r., graphite: Merjelen See / Eggischhorn / July 10 / 1870
  • label: Labels from back of frame: Chapman Bros./ Established over Half a Century/ (Chelsea) Ltd/ Picture Restorers, Carvers, Gilders, Frame Makers, --&c./ 241 King's Rd. Chelsea (Opposite Carlyle Square)/ Telephone: Kensington 674 ESTIMATES GIVEN FOR DECORATIVE GILDING Telegrams: Framable, Fulroad, London


Recorded Ownership History
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. 186
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. 311, ill.
  • Gabrielle Townsend, John Singer Sargent: Aquarelles, Bibliothèque de l'Image (Paris, France, 2011), repr. pp. 82-83

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 Watercolor Exhibition, Winchester Art Association, 1940, Winchester Art Association, Winchester, 11/29/1939 - 12/31/1939
  • 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
  • John Singer Sargent's Alpine Sketchbooks, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 01/09/1993 - 03/07/1993
  • Sargent in the Studio: Drawings, Sketchbooks, and Oil Sketches, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/10/1999 - 09/26/1999

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