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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook; Animal Sketches: Sketches for the Boston Public Library Murals
Work Type
c. 1890 - c. 1916
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Physical Descriptions

Sketchbook with beige cloth-covered cardboard covers
12.7 x 10.2 x 0.7 cm (5 x 4 x 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: front pastedown, u.l., paper, printed: Roberson's / Medium / Colours / Brushes / C. ROBERSON & CO. LTD. / 99 LONG ACRE & 155 PICCADILLY / LONDON [with design of two men painting]


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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European and American Art

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Sketchbook with beige-cloth-covered cardboard covers; pencil sleeve; remains of cloth ties. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sewn page block. Perforated inner margins. Sketchbook is incomplete, with forty-six pages remaining. Twenty drawings. The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corners. Several pages have been removed from the sketchbook, apparently before the numbering. Missing are one page after page seven, one page after page eight, one page after page nine, possibly two after page 19, one after page 20, and five at the back of the book.

Contents: Sketches of vultures, tigers, goats, wings, Torah scrolls and a finial, made preparatory to the Boston Public Library murals.

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 . 26

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