front cover Photo © President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook: Portrait Sketches
Work Type
c. 1895-1901
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Sketchbook with brown cloth-covered cardboard covers
23.6 x 30.1 x 0.5 cm (9 5/16 x 11 7/8 x 3/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: front pastedown, paper, printed: Sketch Book / (Containing 30 Leaves.) / MADE OF WHATMAN'S HAND-MADE DRAWING PAPER. / Manufactured by / Geo. Rowney & Co., / 64 Oxford Street, & 190, Piccadilly, LONDON, / ENGLAND
  • label: front pastedown, paper, printed: TATTERSALL'S / STORES / ARTISTS / COLORMAN / 136, HIGH STREET, / PUTNEY.
  • inscription: front pastedown, u.l., graphite: 11 [E + Y?] / w / - / 3/3
  • label: back cover, paper and black ink, handwritten: 1890?
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 brown-cloth-covered cardboard covers; pencil sleeve; remains of cloth ties. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sewn page block. Sketchbook is incomplete, with fifteen pages remaining. Eight drawings.The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corners. Several pages have been removed, including at least four between the front pastedown and page 1, one after page 2, and at least one after page 9. The page numbering apparently occurred after their removal. As a label on the front pastedown gives the original number of pages (30), it seems that a whole signature may be missing.

Contents: Studies for Mrs. Cazalet and her Children (1900-01, private collection) and The Wyndham Sisters (1899, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); female profiles and figure studies, one with a child.
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. 26-27

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