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Guide to the Artist's Sketchbook (1857)
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Artist's Sketchbook (1857)
    Identification: MS-0536
    Physical Description: 0.20 linear ft
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: askscua@mail.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Topical Term:

    Art, European--19th century
    Watercolor painting--19th century

    Administrative Information



    Conditions Governing Use:

    These materials are in the public domain. However, the nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Artist's Sketchbook (1857), Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Scope and Contents

    This artist's sketchbook documents an unidentified English artist’s tour of Europe in 1857 and contains watercolors and pencil sketches accompanied by descriptions of the scenes depicted. The spine of the sketchbook has partially disintegrated, causing some of the pages to come loose. According to the hand-lettered title page, in which the artist identifies himself only as “Our Own Correspondent,” this sketchbook comprises part one of three parts, covering the first leg of his tour from London to Linz, Austria. It is apparently unfinished, with watercolors and carefully penned descriptions filling roughly the first half of the sketchbook and the second half confined to spare pencil sketches and brief notations. The watercolors chiefly depict scenes along the Rhine and around Lake Constance. The pencil sketches and a few of the watercolors depict views along the Danube from Kelheim to Linz. There are also a few self-portraits of the artist, showing him in the Louvre, trying to observe the Alps through a telescope, and wearing his travelling attire.