John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856-1925). <em>Sketchbook</em>, 1871-1872. Graphite, charcoal, watercolor and white chalk on paper, Sketchbook: 9 3/16 x 11 7/8 x 1/2 in. (23.3 x 30.2 x 1.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Bronson Binger, 1996.231 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.231_p01_PS2.jpg)


Artist:John Singer Sargent

Medium: Graphite, charcoal, watercolor and white chalk on paper


Dimensions: Sketchbook: 9 3/16 x 11 7/8 x 1/2 in. (23.3 x 30.2 x 1.3 cm) Loose sheet - with watercolor of volcano: 3 5/8 x 4 7/8 in. (9.2 x 12.4 cm)



Accession Number: 1996.231

Image: 1996.231_p01_PS2.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Sketchbook of 16 extant pages of different colored papers (white, tan, blue-gray) bound between cloth-covered cardboard covers; drawings of various subjects, including Rembrandt portraits, classical statuary, pyramids, various animals (deer, camel and horse with cart), a street scene (theatrical subject?) and architectural details; one loose sheet with watercolor painting of volcano tucked inside back cover. All drawings in graphite unless otherwise noted. Front cover inscribed in graphite (very faint) "Munich / Dresden / 1871-2" p. 1: sketch of Rembrandt portrait and other schematic faces, signed across top "John Sargent 1871." and "John Sargent- / [Mu]nich" and inscribed below portrait "Rembrandt" p. 2: sketch of Rembrandt portrait (bearded man with cane), inscribed below image "Rembrandt. Munich." p. 3: sketches of heads and child with basket p. 4: sketches of deer p. 5: sketches of deer p. 6: (recto) heads of camel; (verso) landscape with pyramids in watercolor over graphite p. 7: very faint sketches of deer p. 8: sculpture bust of satyr, inscribed lower left "Dresden. [WP.?]" p. 9: street scene with man in ruffled collar serenading couple embracing under stairs in charcoal and white chalk p. 10: study of sculpture bust in charcoal with touches of white chalk; [following page excised] p. 11: rough sketch of horse-drawn cart, horses, & pedestrian with satchel p. 12: landscape sketch of rocky cliff p. 13: sketch of door with plant-covered staircase p. 14: sketch of Venus statue p. 15: (recto) sketch of statues: Hercules type and heads; (verso) sketches of statues: Demeter type, gladiator, hands, and others p. 16: (recto) rough sketch of Venus de Milo; (verso) rough sketches of heads Loose sheet tucked inside back cover: volcano in watercolor, inscribed on verso "Kivéeski" Inside back cover inscribed at lower left "PN[S?]N"; has paper pocket and cloth loop holder for drawing instrument

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