The V&A holds over 14,000 European drawings and sketchbooks dating from the 15th century to the present day. The collection covers a broad range of materials and techniques used by artists. It showcases the various functions of drawing, from preparatory studies for paintings to designs for textiles and fashion.

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The collection is particularly strong in drawings by British, Italian, French, Dutch and Flemish artists. Highlights include works by world-renowned artists such as Tintoretto, Anthony van Dyck, Angelica Kauffman, John Constable, Degas, and Barbara Hepworth.

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Panoramic View of Jaén, with the Figure of a Man Sketching in the Foreground, drawing, by Anton van den Wyngaerde, 1567, Andalucia, Spain. Accession no. 8455:4. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London