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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook ("Spain"): Mural Studies for Boston Public Library and Museum of Fine Arts
Work Type
c. 1890 - c. 1922
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Physical Descriptions
Sketchbook with beige cloth-covered cardboard covers
18.6 x 25.8 cm (7 5/16 x 10 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: cover of sketchbook, graphite: Spain
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; pencil sleeve; and remains of cloth ties. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sewn page block. Sketchbook is incomplete, with nine pages remaining. Ten drawings. The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right hand corner with the exception of pages seven, eight, and nine, which are numbered in graphite in the upper right hand corner. These pages, as well as the pages numbered three and four, are slightly larger than the rest of the book and may be slightly different paper; they are loose and may have originated in another sketchbook.

Contents: A study of a lectern in Burgos, Spain, (cf. Fogg drawing 1937.8.170); studies for the mural of the pagan deities and the vaulting over the Trinity lunette, Boston Public Library; a sketch that appears to be for the Sermon on the Mount panel that was designed for the Boston Public Library but never installed; studies for "Classic and Romantic Art," an oval panel at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; a figure sketch that appears to be for an archer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and an unidentified architectural decoration.
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. 29

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. 282, under no. 248; p. 358, under no. 341

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