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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook: Figure, Animal, and Architectural Sketches
Work Type
c. 1904
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Physical Descriptions

Sketchbook with red cloth-covered cardboard covers
13.2 x 18.8 x 0.8 cm (5 3/16 x 7 3/8 x 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: front pastedown, u.r., paper: A & N. C. S, Ld. / Stationery Dept. / 105, Victoria St. S. W.
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite: 1/1
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite, in artist's hand: [i manoneretti?] di L. de [sic] Vinci / [pummati?] [(sabachunstroff)?] / edi[ ] - Paris / Edoardo Row[ ] / MDCCCXCIII / [Fogg?] - Bologna - Colourshop / Banca d'Italia per [ca---]


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 red-cloth-covered cardboard covers; pencil sleeve; and remains of cloth ties. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sewn page block. Sketchbook is incomplete, with 14 pages remaining. Eight drawings. The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corners. Several pages have been removed from the sketchbook and the page numbering apparently occurred after their removal. Missing are one page after p. 1, more than one page after p. 4, one page after p. 12, and several pages at the end of the book.

Contents: Bullfight scenes, inscriptions, designs for ornament, miscellaneous sketches.

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. 28
  • 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. 298, under no. 270

Exhibition History

  • Under Cover: Artists' Sketchbooks, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 08/01/2006 - 10/22/2006

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