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Sketchbook with 50 Folios
Date: 1840-1841
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Medium: Graphite on beige paper bound into a sketchbook
Dimensions: Overall: 11 5/8 x 18 in. (29.5 x 45.7 cm)
Description: Sketchbook
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Nora Durand Woodman
Object Number: X.486
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Inscribed: Inscribed on inner front cover at upper right in graphite: "Made for me by Meyer / Lucerne Sep. 15th 1840 / Price 9 1/2 Franks / A.B.D."; on inner back cover 1983 label describing stabilization/conservation treatment

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The sketchbook was custom made in Lucerne. In Durand's Journal (NYPL) of the first part of his European trip on p. 138 (frame 70 in the microfilm) on Monday, 14 September 1840, he notes:"...gave orders for a new sketchbook." It was made to accommodate the fabulous, sometimes panoramic, views of Swiss sites and the Alps in this sketchbook.

Inside cover inscribed at upper right in graphite: "Made for me by Meyer / Lucerne Setp. 15th 1840 / Price 9 1/2 Franks / A.B.D."


Descent through the artist's family


Ferber, Linda S. The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision. New York: Rizzoli, 2009.

Olson, Roberta J.M. “The Sketchbooks of Asher B. Durand in the New-York Historical Society.” Master Drawings 54, no. 4 (Winter 2016): 433-476.


"Intimate Friends: Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand and William Cullen Bryant," New-York Historical Society, October 24, 2000-February 4, 2001.

"The American Landscapes of Asher B. Durand (1796-1887)," Fundación Juan March, October 1, 2010-January 9, 2011.