Isabella Stewart Gardner - Travel Album: Egypt, 1874-1875

Isabella Stewart Gardner (New York, 1840 - 1924, Boston)

Travel Album: Egypt, 1874-1875

Bound album: photographs, ink, paper, 30.2 x 24 x 4.5 cm (11 7/8 x 9 7/16 x 1 3/4 in.)


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125 pages


Joyce L. Haynes. "The Sacred Beetle." Fenway Court (1973), pp. 30-34, nos. 1-2, ill. 34.
Hilliard Goldfarb and Susan Sinclair. Isabella Stewart Gardner: Woman and the Myth. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1994), pp. 8-9, ill.
Alan Chong and Noriko Murai. Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia. Exh. cat. (Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 2009), pp. 14, 17-18, 60-61, figs. 2, 3, 5, 12, 13.
Lawrence M. Berman. "Aboard the Ibis: The Gardners' Nile Voyage, 1874-75" in Alan Chong and Noriko Murai (eds.). Inventing Asia: American Perspectives Around 1900. Fenway Court, vol. 33 (Boston, 2014), pp. 62-84.
Casey Riley. From Page To Stage: Isabella Stewart Gardner's Travel Albums and the Development of her Museum 1874-1924. PhD diss. (Boston University: Boston, 2015). 
Kathleen A. Foster. American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent. Exh. cat. (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2017), pp. 24-25, fig. 15.

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Isabella Stewart Gardner was an avid traveler who chronicled her journeys in twenty-eight photographic albums between 1867 and 1896. This scrapbook reveals her discovery of historic landscapes and cultural traditions along the Nile River in Egypt. Gardner took great care in designing the pages of her albums, and within them we can find traces of her earliest inspirations in creating her museum. The watercolor sketch of a mosque prefigures the crenellations lining her museum’s courtyard walls.


John Singer Sargent

Mrs. Gardner