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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook: Studies for Portraits
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Sketchbook with beige cloth-covered cardboard covers
16 x 24 x 1.5 cm (6 5/16 x 9 7/16 x 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite: Mrs. H. P. Whitney / 72 Bd Flandrin / Paris
  • label: front pastedown, paper, printed: Lechertier, Barbe & Co., 60 Regent St, / London
  • inscription: back pastedown, graphite: [Story?] / 4 Lancaster Street.


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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Sketchbook with beige-cloth-covered cardboard covers; and pencil sleeve. Pages of off-white, blue, blue-flecked, and buff wove paper. Sewn page block. Sketchbook is incomplete, with thirty-four pages remaining. Fifty-four drawings. The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corner. The book is numbered up to page 37. Pages numbered 10, 11 and 23 have been removed from the sketchbook. In addition, the page before page 1 appears to have been removed prior to numbering.

Contents: Studies for portraits of Mrs. Ernest Lewis Franklin (Henrietta Samuel Montagu) (1898, private collection); Mrs. Harold C. Wilson (1897, private collection); Asher Wertheimer (1898, Tate Gallery) and Mrs. Asher Wertheimer (1898, New Orleans Museum of Art); Princess Demidoff (Sophie Vorontzoff-Dashkoff) (1895, Toledo Museum of Art); Margaret "Daisy" Leiter (1898, Kenwood House, London); possibly Mrs. William Marshall Cazalet and her children (1900-1901, private collection); Mrs. Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (1897, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); Mrs. Hugh Hammersley (1892, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); Mrs. Charles Hunter (1898, Tate Gallery); Miss Jane Evans (1898, School Hall, Eton College); Lord Watson (1897, Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh, Scotland); as well as sketches of Emily Sargent and a number of unidentified sitters. Also, two sketches for what appears to be a pendentive, two unidentified ornamental designs, a sketch of furniture, and an anamorphic drawing of a skull. The front pastedown has a graphite sketch of a building.

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, pp. 21-22
  • 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. 223, note 17

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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