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Portrait sketch, Lady Elizabeth Eastlake, 1831. Museum no. E.1009-1945. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Drawings

Approximately 100,000 drawings made in Europe and the USA can be seen in the V&A's collection. The work of many schools, styles and periods is represented. Many have been collected specifically with an eye to why they were made; the collection is therefore unusually rich in academic drawings, designs for illustration, and in particular preparatory drawings used in the production of paintings, sculpture, architecture and the applied arts.