barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


What is an Old Master Drawing?

LUNCHTIME LECTURE

Old Master drawings are the prized possessions of innumerable museums and art collections – testimony to the immense enthusiasm of British collectors. Dr David Hemsoll, of the University’s Art History, Curating and Visual Studies Department, considers why these drawings were originally produced, and why they are so valued today.

Sir William Orpen (1878-1931)

A Nude Girl Seated on a Bed

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

La vieille aux loques (The Old Rag-Picker)

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Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)

The Battle of the Beaux and the Belles

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Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948)

Merz V

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