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Paris Sketchbook

Artist:
Maurice Brazil Prendergast (American, St. John’s, Newfoundland 1858–1924 New York)
Date:
1891–94
Medium:
Conté crayon, pencil, and watercolor sketches
Dimensions:
6 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (17.2 x 11.5 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.923
Not on view
Of the 88 recorded sketchbooks by Maurice Prendergast, this notebook is the only one to date from his first years in Paris. The little album records in brisk crayon notations (and occasional pencil and/or watercolor) incidental impressions of Parisian life as they touched the sensibility of this eager young artist. Prendergast carried the sketchbook everywhere, along fashionable boulevards, the banks of the Seine, in and around the Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes, and other public parks. Modishly dressed parasoled women already feature prominently among these anecdotal studies, whose imagery would later inform the highly finished watercolors of Prendergast’s Paris sojourn (1891-94).
Signature: Signed, dated, and inscribed in pencil on front endpaper: Prendergast / July 2, (or 21?) / 92, (or 94?) / pont Australitz 3.

Inscription: Annotated in blue pencil on front endpaper in Charles Prendergast's hand: 90 sketches by / Maurice Prendergast / 90 / Collection of Charles Prendergast / Westport / Conn. (all gone over in blue ball point pen). "Mrs.", written first in pencil and then in blue ballpoint pen, added after "Collection of", probably bt Eugénie Prendergast. (90 may also have been added).

Annotated (upside down) on recto of back endpaper in pencil in a contemporary hand: ave Monsouris / No. 4 / 3 etage / chambre / Mlle / Chemeuse (Mlle Chemeuse erased)

Paginated in blue pencil, probably by Charles Prendergast (the numbers appear to be in the same hand as the annotation in blue pencil on the front endpaper), in the upper right corners of rectos (except page 1, which is numbered at upper left of verso).

Marking: Printed on a label inside the front cover: PAPETERIE DES ÉTUDIANTS / et de L'Odéon No 61 B.../ CHÉLU & BÉNARD / F.BÉNARD, SUCC(R) / 10, Galerie de l'Odéon / et 16 RUE DE VAUGRUARD / en face la rue de Médicis
Charles Prendergast, 1924; his widow, Eugénie Prendergast, 1948; Robert Lehman, 1961.
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