Historic prints & drawings

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time we have closed all of our research rooms. During this time we're not taking bookings for individual appointments or group visits.

Location: Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
Open by appointment: Closed
Contact: [email protected] 

The historic prints and drawings collection consists of over 30,000 works of international graphic art, from the early Renaissance to the early 20th century, and includes unrivalled collections of Scottish drawings and prints.

The National Galleries of Scotland’s historic prints and drawings collections are of international importance. Highlights include drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Poussin, Rubens, Seurat, Blake and Gainsborough, as well as prints by Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Goya and Scottish printmakers D.Y. Cameron and William Strang. The Scottish drawings collection is the finest in the world, in both size and quality, and includes outstanding works by Allan Ramsay, David Allan, Alexander Runciman, Alexander Nasmyth, David Wilkie, Joseph Noel Paton, William McTaggart and Arthur Melville, to name just a few.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Venice from the Laguna (About 1835)
Nicolas Poussin, A Dance to the Music of Time (About 1640)

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), can be viewed in the Print Room when not on display.



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