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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook ("1871"): Travel Sketches and Copies after Artwork
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Sketchbook with black paper-covered cardboard covers and leather spine
10 x 15.8 x 1.2 cm (3 15/16 x 6 1/4 x 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: front cover, black ink on paper, handwritten: 1871 not important
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite: Emily Sargent / from [grand mama?] / [Bolzena? Bologna? Budget?] / 1871
  • inscription: back pastedown, graphite: List of Meissen porcelain marks: 1. A. R. / 2. [design of crossed swords] / 3. [illeg.] / 4. [design of crossed swords with dot] / 5. [design of crossed swords with star] Marcolini / present mark / [design of crossed swords, two times]
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 black-paper-covered cardboard covers, leather-covered spine; stamped in gilt on front cover: ALBUM. Pages of off-white, buff, and gray wove paper. Sewn page block. Sketchbook is incomplete, with twenty-three pages remaining. Twenty-four drawings.Several pages are missing from the sketchbook and the page numbering apparently occurred after their removal. 18 pages are missing before the first numbered page; one page is missing between pages one and two.

Contents: Figure and animal studies; views in Dresden; copies after paintings in the Gemäldegalerie, Dresden, by Veronese, Tintoretto, Canaletto, and Marinus Roymerswaele, among others.
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. 19-20

Bruce Robertson, ed., Sargent and Italy, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art/Princeton University Press (Los Angeles, CA and Princeton, NJ, 2002), p. 103, n. 15

Exhibition History

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

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

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