Drawing From Life
introduction by kent c. boese
biographies of artists
explore the caricatures and cartoons
bibliography / further reading
american art / portrait gallery library
SIL digital library
drawing from life home page


Drawing from Life is an online project first developed in March 2003, with periodic content additions.

Digital Edition 2003
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Washington, D.C.

Use of Content from this website

On Display Curator: Kent C. Boese

Site design: Nicole Van Doren

Digital imaging information:

Original images captured at 300 dpi using

  • Phase One Power Phase digital scanning back
    Phase One Image Capture Software 3.1.1
    Hasselblad medium format 35mm camera model 501c
    Hasselblad 80mm lens – Zeisson
  • Epson Perfection 1640SU flatbed scanner.

Images stored as TIFFs. High resolution web images reduced to 72 dpi and rescaled to 750 pixels on the short side. Low resolution images reduced to 256 colors and rescaled to 750 pixels on the short side.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries On Display
Selections of Caricatures and Cartoons from The American Art / Portrait Gallery Library Collection
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