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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook ("Rouen/ Dijon/ Lyons"): Portrait Studies
Work Type
c. 1902 - c. 1905
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Physical Descriptions

Sketchbook with beige cloth-covered cardboard covers
11.6 x 18.5 x 1.1 cm (4 9/16 x 7 5/16 x 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: front pastedown, paper, printed: Sketch Book / Series 30. / Containing 40 Leaves of "Cartridge" Paper. / Winsor and Newton, Ltd., / London, W.
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite: 182


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
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Object Number
European and American Art

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Sketchbook with beige-cloth-covered cardboard covers, pencil sleeve; and the remains of cloth ties. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sewn page block. The sketchbook is incomplete, with thirty-one pages remaining, and it contains 18 drawings. The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corners.

Contents: Studies of Mrs. Joseph Chamberlain (1902, National Gallery of Art, Washington) and Mrs. Leopold Hirsch (1902, private collection); studies for the portrait of the Marlborough family (1905, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire) and a sketch after Reynold’s portrait of the Marlborough family (1777-78, Blenheim Palace); sketches for the Handmaiden of the Lord panel at the Boston Public Library and sketches of a hand holding a bowl that may relate to the Boston Public Library project; profile studies and a sketch of a standing woman. On the first page, Sargent has listed his expenses (?) under various clients' names from Rouen, Dijon, Lyon, Avignon, and Toulouse.

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. 25

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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