Art in the Archives

Sketches, drawings, watercolours, engravings and oil paintings have entered the archives mainly within broader collections: sometimes, indeed, as sketches within notebooks. A few manuscripts or archives are entirely pictorial, most notably the Grieve family collection of theatre designs, 1813-1857 (MS1007) and a contemporary scroll depicting the funeral of Anne of Cleves. Some archival collections contain correspondence etc. about art, notably the Cammaerts papers and the Thomas Sturge Moore papers.

This list complements the archives catalogue, which includes a subject search facility.

Noteworthy creators of pictorial work within the archives:

Recurring themes of art in the archives:

Pictorial work by method: watercolours, drawings, and sketches

  • Three books of watercolours painted by Walter Crane for his children, SLIV/69, SLIV/70 and SLIV/71
  • Pencil drawings and watercolours by Walter Crane to illustrate written works: The Blind Beggar’s Daughter, SLIV/66; The Necklace of Princess Fiorimonde, SLIV/67, and ‘Thoughts in a Hammock’ and ‘A Herald of Spring’, SLIV/72
  • Paintings and sketches by Edward Duncan, DLL/3/13, 1831-1864 and n.d.
  • 28 sketches in pencil and pen and wash of Islington and Pentonville, by Augustus Charles Pugin, 1818 for Thirty Views in Islington and Pentonville (1819), MS817/2/5. For the published book, see [B.L.] 1819 [Series].
  • Sketches and watercolour scenes and portraits by members of the Lewin family, Harriet Lewin (later Harriet Grote; 1792-1878), Charlotte Lewin, and the Indian administrator Thomas Herbert Lewin (1839-1916), including sketch books by Harriet and Charlotte Lewin, MS811/I-IV, 1807-c.1911.
  • 655 scene designs in watercolour and wash by the scene painters and set designers and for works performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden; and Her Majesty's Theatre, MS1007, 1813-1857
  • Ten caricature-like ink and watercolour drawings of people, formerly ascribed to Thomas Rowlandson
  • Sketches and watercolours by Charles Booth, of scenes in England and abroad, natural objects and still life (1853-1884), and in his travel diary of a tour to Africa and the Middle East (1862), MS797/III
  • Sketches by David Roberts from dismembered sketch books, MS927, 1836-1863
  • Childhood drawings by William De Morgan, MS913C/2/1, c.1845-1860
  • 32 mounted pen-and-ink drawings, possibly by William Mulready, for Cries of London (London: J. Harris, 1804), SLIV/A
  • 3 watercolours by members of the Booth family, MS1221/7, c.1890
  • Six watercolours of rural Scottish scenes by Frances Shakerley (c.1825-c.1930), MS913G/2/4, c.1854-1924.
  • Small watercolours of theatrical scenes and actors in the scrapbook of the actor Cecil Crofton (d. 1935), MS1009
  • Sketches within the journal of the surgeon Sir Charles Bell's tour of Italy in 1840, MS386
  • Victorian and Edwardian albums: book given by Emma Hill to Edith Smith, later Lady Durning-Lawrence, 1870, DLL/3/6; album inscribed 'To Blanche in loving memory of Nettie', 30 September 1900, with pictures 1899-1915 (mainly 1900-1905), MS702
  • Watercolour, ‘The Dalgoners’, by John Masefield, MS966, 1920s
  • Watercolours and one ink drawing by John Masefield, MS953
  • Costume, set and embroidery designs by Thomas Sturge Moore, MS978, especially MS978/3, MS978/2/2/43; also sketches within his notebooks (MS978/4) and correspondence, (MS978/1/1/3 and MS978/1/1/39), and an ink sketch surrounding a poem, ‘Winter’s Song’, MS1223, 1891.
  • Illustrations by Hermann Hesse, IMLR, Miller 10/2/1, c.1930
  • Botanical, zoological and other scientific drawings by Franz Bauer, MS1015, c.1788-c.1829
  • Pen and ink drawings of rural scenes in Derbyshire by William Waller, son of Augustus Desiré Waller, MS606, 1907
  • Drawings of the philosopher and social theorist Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) and other subjects within the Herbert Spencer papers, MS791
  • Panoramic drawing of the funeral of Anne of Cleves, MS817/2/29, 1557. Described as no. 13 in Senate House Library, University of London (Scala, 2012)
  • ‘Description of the Solemn Iusts Held at Westminster the 13th day of February …’ : reduced nineteenth-century facsimile of scroll celebrating the birth of the first son of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon in 1510, MS817/2/30. A printed facsimile of the original is available in the Manuscript Studies collection at: fol. CC25.79 [Westminster].
  • Sketchbooks by Giovanni Battista Borra relating to a tour of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant, May 1750-June 1751, ICS, Wood/15-17
  • Drawings by R. Bayer (Nov. 1940), inscribed: 'Some pictures out of my internment-time with many thanks to Professor Cammaerts', MS800/I/1164
  • Various drawings within Cammaerts papers, MS800/X
  • Pencil and ink drawing of Adam and Eve's expulsion from the garden of Eden, at one time misattributed to William Blake, SLV/105/27, ?1784
  • Drawings of Bloomsbury site (Robert Ridgill Trout), ULC/PC1/3, 1933
  • Wash and line drawing by Noel Wildsmith (set designer), MS955, 20th cent.
  • Paintings and drawings by the writer Friedrich Gundolf (1880-1931), IMLR archives, FGU
  • Black and white pen and ink drawing of an orchestra and audience, in formal gardens, within music score, MS1072, 18th cent.
  • Drawing of the Sterling Library in Christmas card for 1931 from Louis and Cissy Sterling, LS/4/9, 1931
  • Pen and ink drawings by M.K. Holland of details of church architecture, mainly English and continental, with particular emphasis on rose windows, MS962, 1845-8
  • Scrapbook of copies of prints and engravings from the National Gallery and elsewhere, DLL/3/17
  • Underdown ecclesiastical architecture and design collection (reproductions, drawings, photolithographs), MS1149, 18th-19th cent.
  • 67 pencil and coloured architectural sketches of places in Italy, DLL/3/16, 19th cent.
  • Pencil-sketched head and shoulders portraits of Harry Price by Edward Ertz, HPF/5C/2-4, 1935
  • Sketches of conjurers and others within the Harry Price Archive, HPG/8/1 and HPG/8/2
  • Rough sketches accompanying verses by C.Z. Macaulay, brother of Lord Macaulay, MS797/II/15, 1860
  • sketches for stage décor associated with William Rose's activities as director of the King's College German Society drama productions, IMLR, WRO.3.1.3.DRA, c.1930-1939
  • Sketch of a camel by Rudyard Kipling, UoL/VP/1/21, 20th cent.
  • 3 ink sketches of Martin Miller, IMLR, Miller 4/13, [1960]
  • miscellaneous sketches and etchings, including a copy of an etching by Reginald Smallridge and an original pencil sketch by Müller [i.e. Martin Miller?], 1943, IMLR, Miller 4/14
  • Sketches by Maude McDonald among her letters to Opal Whiteley, MS949/1B/44-45, 1919-1937
  • Two ink sketches of dolls, by Yootha Rose (b. 1899), IMLR, RLU 12/2, 20th cent.
  • Drawing of insect by A. Lister, ‘Acams Campestris or Leptus Autumnalis’, MS811/IV/109, 1884
  • Silhouette sketch of Robert Owen, 1838, within a scrapbook by William Pare, MS578
  • Line drawing of Baron Brougham and Vaux, Lord High Chancellor, MS917/6/52, c.1830
  • Pencil-sketched full-length cartoon of C.E.M. Joad by 'COIA’, HPF/5C/41, n.d.
  • Portrait of the copyist Thomas Bourne (fl 1846-1850) in a shorthand MS Bible, MS416
  • Two drawings of University College London by J.D.M. Harvey, ULC/PC1/17, 1918
  • Drawings by Georg Scharf of the laying of the foundation stone of the North London Hospital, ULC/PC26/3, 1835
  • Architects’ impressions of Goldsmiths Library, Middlesex South Library, and the Periodicals Room;Plans and drawings of the Senate House, University Library and the Depository Library, UoL/UL/10, 1935-71
  • Architect’s drawing of Bloomsbury site, ULC/PC7/9, c.1937.
  • Drawing by Hanslip Fletcher of Senate House, from The Sunday Times, ULC/PC8/1
  • Drawings of London University in the 1930s by Ethel Howie, ULC/PC33/5/1, 1978
  • Architectural drawings for Senate House Block superstructure, Messrs Adams, Holden and Pearson, UoL/CT/3/2/7, 1934
  • Sketches of interior of proposed great hall, 1955, UoL/CT/3/12 and UoL/SV/8/1
  • Sketch of enlarged Senate House and etching of Sir Edwin Deller, sketch of London Hospital, and other illustrations for Negley Harte’s The University of London, 1836-1986, MS1153
  • Coloured drawing of the University coat of arms, ULC/PC3/11, n.d.
  • Technical pencil drawing of front of locomotive and certain machinery from within the engine, MS1011, c.1850. See also drawing of Tring cutting, MS1122, 1836, and nineteenth-century engineering drawings within the papers and notebooks of John Urpeth Rastrick, MS325, MS155, MS242, MS243, and AL340.
  • 20 large paintings by children with attached handwriting examples used by Jan Meloun to illustrate his article, ‘Schriften und Zeichnungen von Kindern’ (‘Does Drawing Skill Show in Handwriting?)’ in Charakter, 2 (1932), MS1004/4/11 (Robert Saudek papers), 1932
  • Automatic drawings in Matthew Manning papers, MS1161, 20th cent.

Pictorial work by method: oil paintings

  • Borley Rectory, by M.E. Wilson, HPG/8/6/5, c.1940. This complements books and pamphlets about Borley Rectory in the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature.
  • Steam train passing Leighton Buzzard on the London and Birmingham Railway line, by Thomas Creswick (1811-1869), MS996, 1837. This complements the strong section on rail transport in the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature.
  • John Storrar (1811-1886), Chairman of Convocation of the University of London, UoL/ CN/7/1/21, 19th cent.

Pictorial work by method: engravings

  • A few engravings, some on playing cards, to illustrate themes of the Harry Price Library and Archive of Magical Literature, including engravings: see HPF, HPG and HPI and search ‘engraving’, or search for ‘engraving’ here.
  • Engraving for jigsaw puzzle, ‘'The Progress of Sugar Neatly Dissected', MS1010, early 19th cent. Complements works on sugar production in the Goldsmiths’ Library of Economic Literature and from the Kress Library (see full-text database, ‘Making of the Modern World’)
  • Prints of engravings in scrapbook of ca 300 pictures of 18th- and 19th-century English clergymen, MS1085, c.1850
  • Ca 150 engravings, prints, photographs etc., assembled by T.H. Lewin to illustrate his book 'Life and Death', MS811/IV/86, c.1856-1911
  • Prints of William Marshall’s engravings- of William Shakespeare, DLL/4/3-4. Complements Shakespeareana within the printed special collections.
  • Mint officials at work, headed 'A part of the standard of weights and measures in the Exchequer, Anno 12 Henrici Septimi', MS152, 18th cent.
  • William Noy (1577-1634) by Henry Meyer, MS581, mid-17th-cent.
  • Coloured engraving of Windsheim (now Bad-Windsheim) in Germany, from Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia, MS992
  • Prints and engravings of plans and views of Madrid, 15th-19th century, MS998. Complements early printed books on the history of Madrid in the Eliot-Phelips Collection.
  • Reproductions of engravings of the life of the Virgin, by Albrecht Dürer, 1508-1510, MS817/2/17
  • Coloured copper engravings copying cartoons by James Gillray, MS1089/5/16-17, within cartoons and illustrations on social and political themes (1792-1883), collected by Ron Heisler
  • Léopold III of Belgium, MS800/X/74, c.1941
  • The civil engineer Thomas Telford (1757-1834), with engravings of Menai Bridge, the Vale of Llangollen and Conway, by W Radclyffe, AL438
  • University College London, Kings College London, and Burlington Gardens, University of London, ULC/PC, 19th cent.
  • The Vice-Chancellor Sir James Paget conferring degrees on women at London University, ULC/PC28/13, 19th cent
  • Prints of engravings of colleges and institutes affiliated with the University of London before 1858, UoL/RO/6/2, c.1890
  • Engravings of chastity belts, MS912/5/1/9