Collection of sketches, etchings, engravings, drawings, and paintings by James Nasmyth, and his family. Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Level of Description


  • 1796-1885, undated. (Creation)


  • 2 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    The sketches etc. are pasted in albums.

  • Scope and Contents

    The sketches etc. by James Nasmyth form an almost continuous series of illustrations to his published autobiography, and include: a sketch of Sir Walter Scott, dated 1823 (number 34); sketches of different parts of England and Scotland and of Naples, N├╝rnberg, Pisa, Venice, etc., all visited between the years 1829 and 1843; drawings and photographs of lunar phenomena, 1847, undated; early drafts of imaginative pictures; experiments in etching, oil-painting, and other methods; and drawings connected with his many inventions and investigations. By its variety of subject the collection illustrates Nasmyth's interest in the shape and structure of everything around him.