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Collection of sketches, etchings, engravings, drawings, and paintings by James Nasmyth, and his family., 1796-1885, undated.

Identifier: MSS.3241-3242

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, Nürnberg, 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.


  • Creation: 1796-1885, undated.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


2 Volumes ; Various sizes.

Language of Materials

From the Series: Undetermined


The sketches etc. are pasted in albums.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
0131 623 3700