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Subject guide


The collections of drawings consists of around 12,000 drawings of mostly Dutch origin, dating from 1500 until now. The collections is the result of some major purchases, such as the collections of Albertus Welcker (1957) and Adolphus Staring (1969). Almost every Dutch artist is represented with a single leaf up to dozens of drawings. The focus in extending the collection has shifted to contemporary Dutch drawings.

  • Dutch drawings from 1500 until the present time
  • Drawings, prints and manuscripts by D.P.G. Humbert de Superville
  • The collection of Albertus Welcker
  • The collection of Adolph Staring
  • Contemporary Drawings and Prints
  • Portraits Collection

The drawings are accessible through the Catalogue (select Drawings under Material Types in Advanced Search). The majority has been digitized as well. Drawings can be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room.

For a growing number of collections so-called collection guides are available, with further information on the contents, the available printed catalogues or other resources, and how to access.

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