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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook ("Torre Galli"): Architectural and Animal Sketches
Work Type
c. 1910
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Sketchbook with beige cloth-covered cardboard covers
13.6 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm (5 3/8 x 7 5/16 x 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: back pastedown, l.r., paper, printed: Roberson and Co., / 99 Long Acre / 155-156 Piccadilly / London
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite: [largely illegible:] C. Pollonera / via Principi d'Acaia 20 / [ ] / 2'300 fr. / Museo Stibbert / [ ] del P[ ] / S [ ] a Ponte [Rosso?] / 2.79 [height of column] / [sketch of a column] 1m. 29 [width of column] / M. [Hignet?] / Mr. [A [ ] co Bet ].
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite: Pollonera presso l'ing'e chiaraviglio / via Angelo Masina al Gianicolo / Roma / fino 20 Ottobre.
  • inscription: back pastedown, graphite, in artist's hand: Ministr[o] della Pubbl[ica] Istru[ione] / Direz. generale per le archit.e Belli Arti / Io [ ] prego [coderli?] / [ ] Ministro di volermi / condedere la [tr--] di libr. / ingresso a tutt[o] muse[i] gall[erie] e / scavi del Regno. Unisco / mio ritratto [et] autograph[ ]. / Con anticipati [ingrazere] lo mi / segno / devotissimo / ho [ ] per [ ] . [Probably unrelated to the letter:] Carti bollati 1.20
  • label: front of sketchbook, paper, black ink, handwritten: Torre / Galli
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, with semi-circular oil stain on each. Sewn page block. It is incomplete, with twenty-one pages remaining.

The sketchbook contains seventeen drawings. The pages are numbered in red-brown ink at the upper right corners. Many of the pages are loose in the album, as the binding is broken. An oil stain has saturated the top center of all of the pages in the sketchbook. Two pages following page 4 are missing.

Contents: Oxen, architectural elements.
Publication History

James Lomax and Richard Ormond, John Singer Sargent and the Edwardian Age, exh. cat., Leeds Art Gallery (Leeds, England, 1979), p. 48

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. 24-25

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. 329, under no. 309

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1908-1913, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2014), p. 204

Exhibition History

Sargent in the Studio: Drawings, Sketchbooks, and Oil Sketches, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/10/1999 - 09/26/1999

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