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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook ("Lat[e]ish Decoration"): Boston Public Library
Work Type
19th-20th century
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Physical Descriptions

Sketchbook with brown cloth-covered cardboard covers
26.2 x 37.5 x 1.2 cm (10 5/16 x 14 3/4 x 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: back pastedown, paper, printed: Whatman Sketch Book ,/ CANVAS COVER, / (Containing 30 Leaves,) / Manufactured by / Geo. Rowney & Co., / Artists' Colourmen and Pencil Makers, / LONDON, ENGLAND.
  • label: cover of sketchbook, paper, black ink, handwritten: [writing on label oriented upside down from rest of sketchbook:] Latish Decoration


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 brown-cloth-covered cardboard covers; pencil sleeve; remains of cloth ties. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sewn page block. Sketchbook is incomplete, with eleven pages remaining. Eight drawings.The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corner. Many pages have been removed from the sketchbook, including one before page one, one after page one, two after page two, 11 after page eight, and four after page 11. Page numbering apparently occurred after their removal.

Contents: Sketches for "Judgment" and "Synagogue" at the Boston Public Library, and two sketches of lunettes that appear to be earlier versions of those on the west wall of the Boston Public Library; an angel with a horn, related to the "Judgment" lunette; designs for an archway; male figure studies; mountainous landscape.

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. 32

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