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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
The Dancing Faun, after the Antique
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Study of a Hellenistic Statue of a Dancing Faun
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Physical Descriptions
Black chalk and charcoal on off-white laid paper (two sheets attached at center)
76.6 x 49.9 cm (30 3/16 x 19 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: black chalk, l.r.: Sargent
  • watermark: J. WHATMAN 1883

  • stamp: lower right, black ink, Italian: circular stamp with three interlocked rings (symbol of the Florentine Academy): [DIRE]ZIONE DELLA R. ACCAD. DELLE BELLE ARTI [E?]
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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Publication History

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1874-1882, Yale University Press (New Haven and London, 2006), p. 31, fig. 11

Timothy Standring, ed., Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France, exh. cat., Denver Art Museum (Denver, 2021), cat. no. 76, pp. 36, 217, fig. 32

Exhibition History

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

Around Antique: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs (Teaching Gallery) S421, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 05/14/2010 - 09/04/2010

Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France, Denver Art Museum, 11/14/2021 - 03/13/2022; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 04/16/2022 - 07/31/2022

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