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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook ("1912 ?"): Sketches for "Hell" and "Judgment" Lunettes, Boston Public Library
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Sketchbook with cardboard covers and maroon cloth spine
48.7 x 31.2 x 1 cm (19 3/16 x 12 5/16 x 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • stamp: front pastedown, black ink: W. H. MONK, / ARTISTS' COLOURMAN, / 201 KING'S ROAD, / CHELSEA.
  • label: cover of sketchbook, paper, black ink, handwritten: 1912?
  • inscription: cover, red chalk: Folio [13?]
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 cardboard cover and maroon cloth spine. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sewn page block. Sketchbook is incomplete, with eighteen pages remaining. Thirty-three drawings. The pages have been numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corners. The last page in the book is unnumbered; the number may have been lost with the corner of the page. Two pages appear to be missing: one after page four and one after page 15.

Contents: Sketches in varying degrees of detail for the "Hell" and "Judgment" lunettes at the Boston Public Library, including a number of studies of the scales in "Judgment." Also, a compositional sketch that appears to be an unused concept for "Judgment;" figural and architectural sketches, including a sketch of vaulting, one of a balustrade, and one of arches.

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. 31-32

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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