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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John Singer Sargent, American (Florence, Italy 1856 - 1925 London, England)
Sketchbook ("1869"): Travel Sketches and Copies after the Antique
Work Type
Physical Descriptions
Sketchbook with black paper-bound cardboard covers and black cloth spine
15.6 x 24.4 cm (6 1/8 x 9 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: front of album, black ink on paper: 1869
  • inscription: front pastedown, graphite, in artist's hand: Tyrolian [sic] Costume / Botzen / May 29th 1869; Proportions.
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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Per Karen Nipps of Houghton Library: Sketchbook with black-paper-covered cardboard covers, black cloth spine; stamped in gilt on front cover: ALBUM. Pages of off-white wove paper. Sewn page block; gatherings vary. Sketchbook is incomplete, with sixty-five pages remaining. Eighty-eight drawings.

A number of pages are missing: one after p. 16, and approximately 8 after p. 17.
Publication History

John Singer Sargent and the Edwardian Age: The Documents, exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI, 1979), no. IE

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. 17; front pastedown, repr. p. 17

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. 48, under no. 8; p. 49, under no. 9

Bruce Robertson, ed., Sargent and Italy, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art/Princeton University Press (Los Angeles, CA and Princeton, NJ, 2002), p. 100

Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray, John Singer Sargent: Figures and Landscapes, 1900-1907, Yale University Press (U.S.) (New Haven and London, 2012), p. 208 (note 2)

Elizabeth Doe Stone, "Mobility and the Matter of Memory: John Singer Sargent's 'Robert Louis Stevenson and His Wife'", Art History (March 2019), pp. 1-25, p. 10

Exhibition History

John Singer Sargent and the Edwardian Age: The Documents, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, 10/17/1979 - 12/09/1979

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

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