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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  • Jean-Francois Millet (French, 1814–1875)
    The Sewing Lesson. circa 1860.
  • Jodocus Hondius (Dutch, 1563–1612)
    America. 1606.
  • Johann Georg Bergmüller (German, 1699–1762)
    Saint Martin Appealing to the Virgin. 1715.
  • Johann Gottlieb Prestel (German, 1739–1808)
    Self-Portrait. n.d.
  • Johann Philipp Veith (German, 1768-1837)
    Waterfall. n.d.
  • Joseph Becker (American, 1841–1910), printed by J.P. Davis (American, 1832–1910) and published by Frank Leslie (American, born England, 1821–1880)
    Scene in the Principal Chinese Theatre, San Francisco. 1870.
  • Justh, Quirot & Co.
    View of the Last Great Conflagration in San Francisco and Fire in San Francisco. 1851.
  • Konrad Eberhard (German, 1768-1859)
    Madonna and Child with Saints. n.d.
  • Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer (French, 1865-1953)
    Portrait of a Woman. n.d.
  • Ludwig Emil Grimm (German, 1790–1863)
    Portrait of Balthazar von Speth. 1817.
  • Martín Ramírez (Mexican, 1895–1963)
    The Virgin. circa 1948–1950.
  • Maynard Dixon (American, 1875–1946)
    Cottonwoods of El Dorado. 1924.
  • Nathaniel Currier (American, 1813–1888) and James Merritt Ives (American, 1824–1895)
    California Scenery, Seal Rocks-Point Lobos. n.d.
  • Nicolaas Verkolje (Dutch, 1673–1746)
    Time Unmasking Deceit. n.d.
  • Nicolas de Fer (French, 1646–1720) and Charles Insulin (French, 1673–1715)
    Cette Carte de Californie et du Nouveau Mexique. 1700.
  • Pavel Tchelitchew (American, born Russia, 1898–1957)
    The Harvest. 1928.
  • Pietro Testa (Italian, circa 1612–1650)
    Venus and Cupid in a Landscape. n.d.
  • Raoul Dufy (French, 1877–1953)
    La Fête Chez Poiret. circa 1926.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn (?) (Dutch, 1606–1669)
    Liberation of Saint Peter. 17th century.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669)
    The Death of the Virgin. 1639.

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