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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook: Soldiers
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Sketchbook with red cloth-covered cardboard covers
25.6 x 35.8 x 1 cm (10 1/16 x 14 1/8 x 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite, in artist's hand: Gen. Wilson / Chief of the 10th Corps
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite, in artist's hand: J. S. Sargent / 31 Tite Street / Chelsea


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. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sketchbook is incomplete, with fifteen pages remaining. Eighteen drawings. The pages are numbered in red-brown ink in the upper right corners. Some pages have been removed, including the page before page one and possibly three pages after page nine.

Contents: The sketchbook dates from Sargent's trip to the Western Front in 1918, and contains studies of soldiers. Also, sketches for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, murals, including "Orpheus and Eurydice" and "Apollo and Daphne" (unused); staircase in Lord Leconfield's house, Chesterfield Gardens, London; sconce, clasped hands.

Publication History

  • Edward J. Nygren, John Singer Sargent: Drawings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (Washington, D.C, 1983), p. 97, under note 1
  • 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. 33-34

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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