Studies of Quarry Workers, Carrara
Workman at Carrara
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.
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
Awash in Color: Homer, Sargent and the Great American Watercolor,
of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 1993, p. 171, figs. 1 and 2, under cat. nos.
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.