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Old 06-04-2006, 08:09 PM
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In this thread you will find resources online where you can view the sketchbooks, or sketches, of famous artists throughout history.

The initial concept for this thread was inspired by WC! member Katherine T, herself an avid sketcher.
Thanks for the idea and for so neatly collating the research, Katherine.

To anyone who finds new resources online, please feel free to add links to sites where any "famous" artists' sketches or sketchbooks can be viewed - make sure to include the artist's name and a brief discription.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch 1606-1669)
    Link: Good example of Rembrandt’s sketches and drawings can be found in
  • JMW Turner (English 1775-1851) produced 300 sketchbooks and around 30,000 sketches and watercolours on his travels.
  • John Constable (English 1776 - 1837) believed in the importance of working from life and based his paintings on drawings of the landscape.
  • Conrad Martens (English 1801 - 1878) – who accompanied Darwin on the Beagle as expedition artist and produced three detailed sketchbooks of places visited and objects seen on the expedition.
  • Cezanne (French 1839 - 1906) is often called ‘Father of Modern Art’. He worked from life and made detailed observations of form in his drawings and sketches as well as his paintings.
  • Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch 1853 - 1890) made preliminary drawings (sketches) prior to developing his paintings. He often drew with a reed pen and ink. He probably has one of the most interesting range of marks – which some say were notations for the colours he saw.
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Old 11-25-2006, 02:29 PM
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Re: Resource - Famous Artists

great collection, thanks
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I just stumbled across this thread... I remember an online copy of Da Vinci's notebooks, reproduced/written in 1883 by Jean Paul Richter.
For what it's worth:

The "Plates" are the sketches. (some are decent resolution, and some are "okay".) The other pages are the translated text of his notes and theories (into english).
Hope this is correct for this forum

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Re: Resource - Famous Artists

Thanks Chris, very nice link.

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Old 11-05-2007, 03:13 AM
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Da Vinci's sketchbooks downloadable - Richters translation - no copyright.

Painting is concerned with all the 10 attributes of sight; Darkness, Light, Solidity and Colour, Form and Position, Distance and Propinquity, Motion and Rest. -Leonardo Da Vinci

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What a great idea!! I will make time to check out these sites. Thank you, Bonnie
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Re: Resource - Famous Artists

Have you looked at the art of the sketchbook in general? Don' know if this getting away from the point of your thread, but I just love the individuality of the sketchbook, the more 'creative' the better for me.
I try to encourage my students to use the sketchbook as an artwork in its own right; coloured, textured, layered pages or bits stuck in, staining, tearing, cutting etc
i suppose this could also come under the umbrella of journal art and altered book?
Have a look at "artist's journals and sketchbooks" by Lynne Perrella as a starting point ISBN 1-59253-019-2 or to get your juices flowing.
What do you think?
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:55 PM
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Re: Resource - Famous Artists' Sketchbooks and sketch collections - online!

Another collection that is still little-known, but a rich source of Poussins in particular, is the UK Royal Collection, for example its search engine at http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/eG...urelibrary.asp

Unfortunately all the high res views are Flash, and few have been published in high quality form.

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Re: Resource - Famous Artists' Sketchbooks and sketch collections - online!

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, An Illustrated Memorial of His Art and Life


Delve into the whole site - there are many other drawings in the picture archives.
Sue Florian www.florianstudio.com

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Re: Resource - Famous Artists' Sketchbooks and sketch collections - online!

Super links! Thanks!!
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Re: Resource - Famous Artists' Sketchbooks and sketch collections - online!

An artist named Scattergood-Moore maintains a page of sketch book links. Here is the site:


Hope this helps,

Rob Dales
Sketches done on the Toronto Subway

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Re: Resource - Famous Artists' Sketchbooks and sketch collections - online!

Here are some links that are valid as of December 2018:







van Gogh:

Woodbury, Charles H. (Charles Herbert):

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