Scottish National Gallery Prints and Drawings Study Room

The Study Room houses the Scottish National Gallery’s internationally important Prints and Drawings Collection. The collection consists of over 30,000 works of European graphic art, from the early Renaissance to the late nineteenth century and includes unrivalled collections of Scottish drawings and prints.

Highlights include drawings by Leonardo, Raphael, Poussin, Rubens, Seurat, Blake, Gainsborough, Ramsay and Wilkie, as well as prints by Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Goya and Scottish printmakers D.Y. Cameron and William Strang.

The Vaughan Turners, a collection of 38 watercolours by J.M.W. Turner, bequeathed by Henry Vaughan in 1900 and exhibited every January (in accordance with Vaughan’s wishes), are viewable in the Study Room during the months outwith January.

Opening hours

The Prints and Drawings Study Room at the Scottish National Gallery is open by appointment, Monday to Friday, 10am-12.30pm and 2pm-4.30pm.

To visit, please contact us by telephone or email or ask at the Main Information Desk to make an appointment

Adult education initiatives and groups are actively encouraged to use the Prints and Drawings Collection and Study Room. Group visits must be pre-booked and numbers are limited: please contact us to make an appointment.

The Study Room will be closed from 30th August 2016 due to a major transformational project. Part of this project will be a reconfiguration of our libraries and print rooms. The Collection will be accessible to the public again from Spring 2017.