online sketchbooks

This is an evolving page with links to images from the sketchbooks of a range of creative people from around the world.

Pablo Picasso: a virtual 40-minute tour of the Picasso and Paper exhibition (25 January-13 April 2020) at the Royal Academy, London, which features a number of his sketchbooks. Best with a large screen and the pause button.

Grayson Perry: Inside Grayson Perry's Sketchbook, a Guardian article from February 2016.

Graham Sutherland: 40 sketchbooks dating from 1935-74 at Tate Archive.

Keith Haring: a few images of early sketchbooks (1978-80) held by the Keith Haring Foundation.

Leonardo da Vinci: Leonardo's five notebooks bound into three volumes, the Codex Forster, viewable in forensic detail via the Victoria and Albert Museum.

David Hockney: sketchbook images by the British painter on the David Hockney Foundation website.

Eileen Agar: seven drawings by the Surrealist painter and photographer at Tate Archive.

Felicia Browne: a book by the English artist killed in the Spanish Civil War in 1936, also at Tate Archive.

Henry Moore: sketchbooks and notebooks, some of them viewable with Turning the Pages virtual sketchbook technology, via the Henry Moore Institute.

Conrad Martens: a sketchbook by the artist who accompanied Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle in 1833-34, held by Cambridge University Library.

Ivan Albright: a medical sketchbook dating from the first world war, when Albright was based in the X-ray team in Nantes, France (Art Institute of Chicago).

John Constable: an 1814 sketchbook of drawings of East Bergholt and Dedham, Suffolk, scenes familiar from his paintings, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The Sketchbook Project: the home of more than 40,000 books from 130 countries submitted by the likes of you and me. Search by name, subject, location or randomly – or visit it in Brooklyn, New York City (image shown here). Read my post about my visit to it.

Joseph Pennell: an ebook, titled London Reverie, of 56 drawings by the American artist (1857-1926) completed during his time in London. (Thanks to Gabi Campanario for alerting me to this one.)


Don McNulty said...

This will be really interesting, enjoyable and informative, love it!

James Hobbs said...

Thanks Don! Drop back in from time to time.