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Sketchbook Workmen at Carrara
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Graphite on off-white wove paper bound in a beige canvas sketchbook paper; verso: charcoal
25.3 x 36.6 cm
Inscription: Label on front pastedown: Fine Cartridge Sketch Book/ WITH CANVAS COVER./ Containing 30 Leaves./ Manufactured by/ Geo. Rowney and Co.,/ Artists' Colour and Pencil Makers./ LONDON W. ENGLAND
Stamp on front pastedown: W. H. Monk/ Artists' Colourman/ 201 King's Road/ CHELSEA
Accession Number: 1937.7.23
Jpg: Harvard University Art Museums
Studies of Quarry Workers, Carrara

Workman at Carrara 
c. 1911 

From: Harvard

Sketchbook ("Carrara") with 16 numbered pages.

The Sketchbook measures 253 x 366 mm., individual sheets are approx. 253 x 365 mm.

The pages are numbered in brown ink in the top right hand corner. Many pages have been removed from the sketchbook.

Sargent visited Carrara once, in the fall of 1911. Pages 5 (recto), 6 (recto and verso), 7 (recto and verso), 8 (recto and verso), 9 (recto and verso), 10 (recto and verso), 11 (verso), 12 (recto) and 13 (recto) are sketches that show the "lizzatori" bringing down large blocks of marble from the quarries. This book is related to a second sketchbook in the Fogg's collection, 1937.7.18. 

There are two known oil paintings which relate to Sargent's trip to Carrara, "Bringing Down the Marble from the Quarries to Carrara" (1911, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY), and "Marble Quarries at Carrara" (1913, Collection of Lord Harewood, Leeds, Yorkshire). There are also sixteen watercolors which relate to the subject (eleven are owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, two by private collectors, and one each by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Tate Gallery). The sketchbook also contains architectural studies and studies of cows and goats.


Burke, Doreen Bolger, American Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1980, p. 267-268, repr.

Ratcliff, Carter, John Singer Sargent, Abbeville Press, NY, 1982, p. 214, figs. 321, 322 

Nygren, Edward J., John Singer Sargent Drawings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, Washington, DC, 1983, p. 30, under note 18

Reed, Sue Welsh and Carol Troyen, Awash in Color: Homer, Sargent and the Great American Watercolor, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1993, p. 171, figs. 1 and 2, under cat. nos. 82, 83 

Sargent, John Singer (Creator). Created, To his sisters, Emily Sargent and Mrs. Francis Ormond, at his death 1925. 

Sargent, Emily, and Mrs. Francis Ormond (Owner). From their brother, the artist, at his death 1925, Gift of Mrs. Ormond to the Fogg Art Museum 1937. 


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