Scale models

When Sargent first began working on the Library murals (in 1890 in Gloucestershire, England) the architects McKim, Mead and White provided him with a small plaster model to show the overall proportions of the Special Collections Hall. In 1895, after the Library expanded his initial contract, Sargent rented a spacious studio at 12–14 The Avenue (off Fulham Road) in London, where he continued working on the murals, and where he began constructing a much larger model, at one-third scale. This new model enabled him to visualize his increasingly complex design as a whole and to experiment with relief elements and lighting.
One-third-scale model, photographed in Sargent’s studio in 1915 showing sections of vaulted ceiling and south wall
Visual Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University
The Triumph of Religion