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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook ("War 1918"): Soldiers
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Sketchbook with beige cloth-covered cardboard covers
26.2 x 37.2 x 0.8 cm (10 5/16 x 14 5/8 x 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: front pastedown, paper, printed: NEWMAN / [encircled:] 24 / Soho Square / Every Requisite for Drawing & Painting
  • inscription: front cover of sketchbook, brown ink: War 1918
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite: 72 [J.?] Whatman
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; 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. Pages have been removed, and the numbering was apparently done after their removal. Missing are a page after page three (a charcoal or chalk offset remains on the verso of page 3) and at least two pages after page four. A number of pages in the sketchbook are loose.

Contents: The sketchbook dates from Sargent's trip to the Western Front in 1918, and includes studies of soldiers and box cars; study for "Gassed" (1919, Imperial War Museum, London). Nude study, possibly for "Atlas and the Hesperides" (1925, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston); 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. 34

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