Holbein to Hockney: Drawings from the Royal Collection
The Royal Library at Windsor Castle houses one of the world's greatest collections of drawings. Collected by individual monarchs over the last five centuries, they range from portraits by Hans Holbein, recorded in the collection on the death of King Henry VIII in 1547, to drawings by contemporary artists such as David Hockney, presented to and commissioned by The Queen during the current reign. Charles II acquired an unrivalled group of studies by Leonardo da Vinci, along with many other drawings by the artists of the Italian Renaissance; George III purchased thousands of drawings by the greatest artists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, such as Poussin, Bernini and Canaletto; and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert commissioned many hundreds of watercolours as mementoes of their lives together.
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1762 References acquired by Charles album Alessandro Albani Amsterdam Annibale artist Balmoral black chalk Blunt bodycolour Bologna British Museum Carracci Cassiano dal Pozzo Christ collection of drawings collector commissioned composition copies death depicting Domenichino drawings and prints Duke England engraving etchings executed exhibition Farinati figures framed Francesco fresco George III George IIl's Giovanni gouache Guercino Hockney Holbein Inscribed inscriptions inventory Joseph Smith Kensington King King's Kurz landscape Lanier later Leonardo London Marco Ricci Maria Millar Nicholas Lanier nude old master drawings painter painting Palace Parmigianino Paul Sandby Pen and ink pencil Popham and Wilde portrait drawings Prince Albert Prince of Wales probably acquired Provenance purchased by George Queen Victoria Raphael red chalk Richard Dalton Rockox Rome Royal Academy Royal Collection Royal Library Sandby Schloss Stolzenfels seventeenth century sheet sketches Smith's collection studies Thomas verso volumes watercolours white chalk William Gibson Windsor Zanetti