Library Collection Drawings

The BSR Library holds a small collection of drawings of which two have been published.

Nicolas-Didier Boguet (1755-1839)

In October 2002, Clare Hornsby organised an exhibition of 38 photographic reproductions of drawings by the French landscape artist Nicolas-Didier Boguet, from the bound sketchbook conserved with the rare books in the BSR Library.

This exhibition accompanied the volume by Clare Hornsby, published in collaboration with the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Landscapes of suburban Rome (Roma, Artemide Edizioni, 2002), in which all the images in the BSR sketchbook were examined in detail, with the addition of 35 images from the collection of over 1000 drawings by Boguet belonging to the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica.

The drawings in this collection have not yet been digitised and catalogued but are available for consultation on request in the BSR Library

James Hakewill (1778-1843)

The English architect James Hakewill and his wife left Dover in 1816 to begin a two-year Grand Tour and produced over 300 pencil drawings.

The BSR’s 22nd Annual Report shows that the collection was donated to the BSR by the heirs of Mr Michael Tomkinson from Kidderminster.


In 1992 the collection was published in Twilight of the Grand Tour: a catalogue of the drawings by James Hakewill in the British School at Rome Library by Tony Cubberley and Luke Herrmann in 1992.

In 2016, thanks to the generous support of the Leche Trust, the conservation and digitisation project of the 318 drawings of Italy by James Hakewill (1778-1843) was successfully completed.


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