Drawings and paintings in the collections include:

  • oil paintings and acrylics
  • watercolours and gouache paintings
  • drawings in ink, pencil, crayon and chalk
  • sketchbooks and albums.

Prints in the collections include:

  • art prints such as engravings, etchings, lithographs, chromolithographs, woodcuts and screen prints
  • machine-made prints such as off-set prints, photolithographs, reproductions and blueprints
  • photocopies, laser prints and inkjet prints
  • digital copies.

Drawings, Paintings and Prints collection

Original paintings, drawings and prints of New Zealand and the Pacific, from 1642 to the present, are mostly found in the Drawings, Paintings, and Prints collection. Search for descriptions of items using TAPUHI.

More about the Drawings, Paintings and Prints collection

New Zealand Cartoon Archive

Original and printed copies of New Zealand cartoons and caricatures are held in the New Zealand Cartoon Archive. Search for descriptions of cartoons using TAPUHI.

More about the New Zealand Cartoon Archive

Digital copies of drawings, paintings, prints and cartoons

Digital copies of selected paintings, drawings and prints (including cartoons) can be found on the National Library Beta.

National Library Beta.

Turnbull Library Pictures

Copies of many original drawings, paintings, prints and cartoons can be browsed in Turnbull Library Pictures.

More about Turnbull Library Pictures

Drawings and watercolours in the Manuscripts Collection

You’ll find original drawings and watercolours in the Manuscripts Collection, such as illustrated journals. Search for descriptions of manuscript items using TAPUHI.

More about the Manuscripts Collection

 

Historical prints in the Special Printed Collections

The Special Printed Collections contain rare books and fine printed material, including 16th, 17th and 18th century prints, and more recent items. Some items are described on the National Library Catalogue.

More about the Special Printed Collections

Illustrations in photograph albums and maps

Some photograph albums in the Photographic Archive include illuminations or hand-painted/hand-drawn illustrations. Search for descriptions of photograph albums using TAPUHI.

Printed and manuscript maps can also include illustrations. These are found in the Cartographic Collection.

More about the Photographic Archive collection

More about the Cartographic Collection

Prints in illustrated books and magazines

There are 19th and 20th century prints in illustrated books and magazines, as well as later mechanical reproductions. You can find illustrated books and magazines in the collections listed below.

More about the New Zealand and Pacific Book Collection

More about the New Zealand Serials Collection

More about the General Lending Collection

More about the General Serials Collection

More about the Dorothy Neal White Collection

More about the National Children’s Collection

National Newspaper Collection

Items in the Turnbull Library newspaper collections contain published cartoons and caricatures, wood engravings and lithographs, as well as mechanical reproductions. Search for descriptions of newspapers and periodicals using the National Library Catalogue.

 

More about the National Newspaper Collection

Drawings, prints, paintings and cartoons in other institutions

Several other New Zealand libraries, art galleries and museums collect paintings, drawings, prints and cartoons. Search for digital copies of paintings, drawings, prints and cartoons online using the Matapihi website.

Some Australian collections also contain New Zealand material. You can access many of these on the Picture Australia website.