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Boston Public Library Arts Department collection of John Singer Sargent clippings and other ephemera

Call Number: MS.SC.0001

Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings and other ephemera outlining Sargent's work and exhibitions. Topics include murals at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Harvard Widener Library, portraiture, religious imagery, Boston Public Library murals, and biographical information.


  • 1896 - 1939


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was an American artist known for portrait painting. Sargent was considered a prolific artist, producing over 900 paintings and nearly 2000 watercolors in addition to studies and sketches. Later in his career, Sargent undertook the commission of large mural sequences for Widener Library at Harvard University, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Boston Public Library.


1.5 Cubic Feet (3 boxes (1 oversize))

Language of Materials



Collection of newspaper clippings, compiled by Boston Public Library staff in the mid-20th century related to John Singer Sargent, primarily newspaper clippings related his later mural work and reproductions of his artwork.


Collection is arranged in three groups: Clippings, Reproductions, and Correspondence. The groups are roughly arranged by subject, assigned by Boston Public Library Fine Arts Department staff members.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Compiled by Fine Arts librarians at the Boston Public Library, circa 1960-1980, from local and national news publications.

Processing Information

The original order of the collection has been maintained, with materials rehoused in archivally sound enclosures.


Boston Public Library Arts Department collection of John Singer Sargent clippings and other ephemera
In Progress
Eve Griffin
2021 August
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Part of the Boston Public Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

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