Works on Paper

The collection of master drawings at the Museum initially shaped by the Crocker family’s purchase in 1869–71, focuses on the major European schools between the 16th and mid-19th centuries. Collection strengths include drawings from the Italian, Dutch and Flemish 17th century, the French 17th and 18th centuries, the German 16th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as related prints. Californian and American prints, drawings, and watercolors from the mid-19th century to the present are also included.

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  • Betye Saar (American, born 1926)
    Now You Cookin’ with Gas from the series Six Serigraphs: Bookmarks in the Pages of Life. 2000.
  • Betye Saar (American, born 1926)
    Magnolia Flower from the series Six Serigraphs: Bookmarks in the Pages of Life. 2000.
  • Britton and Rey (American, 1852–1906)
    Hotel Del Monte, Monterey, Cal.: The Leading Seaside Resort of the Pacific Coast. circa 1883.
  • Charles Le Brun (French, 1619–1690)
    Man Clinging to a Rock. n.d.
  • Charles Quirot (American, active mid-19th century)
    Interior View of Merchants Exchange, San Francisco, Cal.. 1852.
  • Christian Ferdinand Hartmann (German, 1774–1842)
    RECTO: Death with a Host of Demons. n.d.
  • Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich (German, 1712–1774)
    Hermes Stalking Argus. n.d.
  • Claude Gillot (French, 1673–1722)
    Scene of Sorcery. n.d.
  • David Hollowell (American, born 1951)
    Mother and Child. 1989.
  • David Park (American, 1911–1960)
    Back of Nude. 1960.
  • Edward Jump (American, 1832–1883)
    Earth Quakey Times, SF, October 8, 1865. 1865.
  • Edward Jump (American, 1832–1883)
    San Francisco Park Scene. 19th century.
  • Edward Jump (American, born France, 1832–1883)
    E. Pluribus Unum Eureka go Brah! (A Fortune for U and i). n.d.
  • Enrique Chagoya (American, born Mexico, 1953)
    Organic Cannibal. 1996.
  • Ferdinand Fellner (German, 1799–1859)
    Hagen and the Danube Nymphs. n.d.
  • Fra Bartolommeo (Italian, 1472–1517)
    Angel Playing the Lute. n.d.
  • Frances Flora Bond Palmer (American, born England, 1812–1876) and James Merritt Ives (American, 1824–1895)
    Across the Continent. 1868.
  • Francesco Primaticcio (Italian, 1504–1570)
    Story of Arethusa. n.d.
  • Francis Ficke (American, active 20th century) published by O.W. Co.
    Destruction of San Francisco by Earthquake and Fire, April 18th, 1906. 1906.
  • François Boucher (French, 1703–1770)
    The Birth of Venus. n.d.

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