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Annotations Collection

"Unveiling the Hidden Stories: Exploring the World of Annotations" they have long served as windows into history

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Falkland Islands Royal Engineer briefing map, 1982

Falkland Islands Royal Engineer briefing map, 1982 (c); with typescript annotations relating to the condition and passibility of airfields, roads and tracks by tracked and wheeled vehicles

Background imageAnnotations Collection: WW2 poster, German Junkers JU 188 fighter plane

WW2 poster, German Junkers JU 188 fighter plane
Poster, German Junkers JU 188 fighter plane with sectional views and annotations. 1944

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Saint Anne, the Virgin and Child and a study of a nude man (forward standing)

Saint Anne, the Virgin and Child and a study of a nude man (forward standing)
XIR895983 Saint Anne, the Virgin and Child and a study of a nude man (forward standing) by Buonarroti, Michelangelo (1475-1564); 32.5x25 cm; Louvre, Paris, France; (add.info.: Sainte Anne)

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Handwritten musical score (ink on paper)

Handwritten musical score (ink on paper)
XJF400697 Handwritten musical score (ink on paper) by Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827); Private Collection; German, out of copyright

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Ancient Greek ship - Quinquireme

Ancient Greek ship - Quinquireme
Ancient Greek ship - cross-section of a Quinquireme. Date: BCE

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Justinian Digesta, Book XXXIII (Fragment)

Justinian Digesta, Book XXXIII (Fragment)
Double folio, parchment, from Justinian's Digesta. Main body text in black ink written in two columns with contemporary marginal and interlineal gloss

Background imageAnnotations Collection: French whalebone corsetry, plate 24 from the first volume of the Dictionnaire du Costume, c

French whalebone corsetry, plate 24 from the first volume of the Dictionnaire du Costume, c. 1900 (colour litho)
CHT173079 French whalebone corsetry, plate 24 from the first volume of the Dictionnaire du Costume, c.1900 (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Ensayos, plate from Los Caprichos, 1799 (etching & aquatint)

Ensayos, plate from Los Caprichos, 1799 (etching & aquatint)
3112270 Ensayos, plate from Los Caprichos, 1799 (etching & aquatint) by Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (1746-1828); 32x22 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Nadie Nos Ha Visto, plate from Los Caprichos, 1799 (etching & aquatint)

Nadie Nos Ha Visto, plate from Los Caprichos, 1799 (etching & aquatint)
3112268 Nadie Nos Ha Visto, plate from Los Caprichos, 1799 (etching & aquatint) by Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (1746-1828); 32x22 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Junction at Siccar Point of the prim & secondary sandstone

Junction at Siccar Point of the prim & secondary sandstone
1127370 Junction at Siccar Point of the prim & secondary sandstone, page from Sir Humphry Davys Personal Notebook (ink on paper) by Davy, Humphry (1778-1829); The Royal Institution, London

Background imageAnnotations Collection: The Banks of the Irrawaddy, Burma, 1886 (w / c with pen & ink on paper)

The Banks of the Irrawaddy, Burma, 1886 (w / c with pen & ink on paper)
NAM310762 The Banks of the Irrawaddy, Burma, 1886 (w/c with pen & ink on paper) by English School, (19th century); National Army Museum

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Notations Chromatiques, after 1900 (w / c, gouache & pencil on paper) (recto of 694043)

Notations Chromatiques, after 1900 (w / c, gouache & pencil on paper) (recto of 694043)
694044 Notations Chromatiques, after 1900 (w/c, gouache & pencil on paper) (recto of 694043) by Filiger, Charles (1863-1928); 24.4x29.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; French

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Notations Chromatiques, after 1900 (w / c, gouache & pencil on paper) (recto of 694044)

Notations Chromatiques, after 1900 (w / c, gouache & pencil on paper) (recto of 694044)
694043 Notations Chromatiques, after 1900 (w/c, gouache & pencil on paper) (recto of 694044) by Filiger, Charles (1863-1928); 24.4x29.8 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; French

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Map of the Congo region, from an album belonging to Henry Morton Stanley (b / w photo)

Map of the Congo region, from an album belonging to Henry Morton Stanley (b / w photo)
CH405684 Map of the Congo region, from an album belonging to Henry Morton Stanley (b/w photo) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Sketch of the Bell Tower at New College, showing detail of leaded roof

Sketch of the Bell Tower at New College, showing detail of leaded roof
NCO404086 Sketch of the Bell Tower at New College, showing detail of leaded roof, 1908 (pencil on paper) by New, Edmund Hort (1871-1931); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Map of Philadelphia Lead Works, 1889 (colour litho)

Map of Philadelphia Lead Works, 1889 (colour litho)
694069 Map of Philadelphia Lead Works, 1889 (colour litho) by American School, (19th century); Free Library of Philadelphia; (add.info.: John T. Lewis & Bros)

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Map of North Africa and West Africa, published in Strasbourg in 1522 (coloured engraving)

Map of North Africa and West Africa, published in Strasbourg in 1522 (coloured engraving)
CHT169411 Map of North Africa and West Africa, published in Strasbourg in 1522 (coloured engraving) by Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus of Alexandria)(c.90-168)(after); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Diagram of a Mechanical Bolt (pen and ink on paper)

Diagram of a Mechanical Bolt (pen and ink on paper)
XJF311637 Diagram of a Mechanical Bolt (pen and ink on paper) by Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519); Private Collection; Italian, out of copyright

Background imageAnnotations Collection: The Preaching of Saint John the Baptist, 1858 (pen & brown ink on paper)

The Preaching of Saint John the Baptist, 1858 (pen & brown ink on paper)
2971934 The Preaching of Saint John the Baptist, 1858 (pen & brown ink on paper) by Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste (1827-75); 26.8x20.5 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageAnnotations Collection: At the Peace Conference, Paris (pen, ink & wash on British Delegation Paris headed paper)

At the Peace Conference, Paris (pen, ink & wash on British Delegation Paris headed paper)
1429405 At the Peace Conference, Paris (pen, ink & wash on British Delegation Paris headed paper) by Orpen, William (1878-1931); 23.5x17.2 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; Irish

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Women weeding the grass (woodcut & w / c on paper)

Women weeding the grass (woodcut & w / c on paper)
3619700 Women weeding the grass (woodcut & w/c on paper) by Pissarro, Camille (1830-1903); 17.5x11.8 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK; eAshmolean Museum; French, out of copyright

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Ecorche head, with the features of the Emperor Galba (pen & brown ink on white paper)

Ecorche head, with the features of the Emperor Galba (pen & brown ink on white paper)
5907012 Ecorchehead, with the features of the Emperor Galba (pen & brown ink on white paper) by Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640); 13x17.4 cm; eThe Devonshire Collections

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Floor plan for the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice, designed by Carlo Fontana

Floor plan for the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice, designed by Carlo Fontana
3318672 Floor plan for the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice, designed by Carlo Fontana, 1654 (ink in paper) by Bezzi, Tomaso (fl.1650); Courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soanes Museum

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Manuscript of Alceste (pen & sepia on paper)

Manuscript of Alceste (pen & sepia on paper)
745996 Manuscript of Alceste (pen & sepia on paper) by Dorat, Claude-Joseph (1734-80); 24.8x18.2 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; French, out of copyright

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Fragmentary copy, 1710-15 (red chalk on ivory laid paper)

Fragmentary copy, 1710-15 (red chalk on ivory laid paper)
2972686 Fragmentary copy, 1710-15 (red chalk on ivory laid paper) by Crespi, Giuseppe Maria (Lo Spagnuolo) (1665-1747); 20.2x14.1 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Studies for stables, Folio 39r, from Paris Manuscript B 2173

Studies for stables, Folio 39r, from Paris Manuscript B 2173
XJF308756 Studies for stables, Folio 39r, from Paris Manuscript B 2173, 1487-90 (pen & ink on paper) by Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519); Bibliotheque de l Institut de France, Paris, France; Italian

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Sketch of the Cliff west side of Staffa, page from Sir Humphry Davy

Sketch of the Cliff west side of Staffa, page from Sir Humphry Davy
1127371 Sketch of the Cliff west side of Staffa, page from Sir Humphry Davys Personal Notebook (ink on paper) by Davy, Humphry (1778-1829); The Royal Institution, London

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Studies of plants and figures made in Rome and Pankow, Berlin, 1868 (pencil

Studies of plants and figures made in Rome and Pankow, Berlin, 1868 (pencil
3057482 Studies of plants and figures made in Rome and Pankow, Berlin, 1868 (pencil, ink & w/c on paper) by German School

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Ms Elkins 169 A description of the sea coast from the hill of Guatemala to

Ms Elkins 169 A description of the sea coast from the hill of Guatemala to
700759 Ms Elkins 169 A description of the sea coast from the hill of Guatemala to... Illustration from Waggoner of the Sea (pen & ink with w/c on paper) by Hack

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Studies of Rosettes, 1871-74 (black & white chalks on brown paper)

Studies of Rosettes, 1871-74 (black & white chalks on brown paper)
943032 Studies of Rosettes, 1871-74 (black & white chalks on brown paper) by Whistler, James Abbott McNeill (1834-1903); 28.5x18.5 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Basaltic Aspect, Staffa, page from Sir Humphry Davy

Basaltic Aspect, Staffa, page from Sir Humphry Davy
1127372 Basaltic Aspect, Staffa, page from Sir Humphry Davys Personal Notebook (ink on paper) by Davy, Humphry (1778-1829); The Royal Institution, London

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Soplones, plate from Los Caprichos, 1799 (etching & aquatint)

Soplones, plate from Los Caprichos, 1799 (etching & aquatint)
3112266 Soplones, plate from Los Caprichos, 1799 (etching & aquatint) by Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (1746-1828); 32x22 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnnotations Collection: A flat in mud mansions, the Parade, France: a British Officers Dug-out

A flat in mud mansions, the Parade, France: a British Officers Dug-out
STC312584 A flat in mud mansions, the Parade, France: a British Officers Dug-out, from a sketch by himself, from The Illustrated War News (litho) by English School

Background imageAnnotations Collection: View on the River, 1886 (pen & ink with w / c on paper)

View on the River, 1886 (pen & ink with w / c on paper)
NAM310763 View on the River, 1886 (pen & ink with w/c on paper) by English School, (19th century); National Army Museum, London; (add.info)

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Studies of military tank-like machines; including one at the top with horses pulling a

Studies of military tank-like machines; including one at the top with horses pulling a
XJF311683 Studies of military tank-like machines; including one at the top with horses pulling a contraption with revolving scythes, c.1485 (pen & ink and brown wash on paper) by Vinci

Background imageAnnotations Collection: St Cecilia The Moxon Tennyson, c. 1857 (wood engraving & pencil on paper)

St Cecilia The Moxon Tennyson, c. 1857 (wood engraving & pencil on paper)
4036294 St Cecilia The Moxon Tennyson, c.1857 (wood engraving & pencil on paper) by Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Charles (1828-82); 20x17.8 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Professor Henry A. Rowland, 1897 (oil on canvas)

Professor Henry A. Rowland, 1897 (oil on canvas)
3949594 Professor Henry A. Rowland, 1897 (oil on canvas) by Eakins, Thomas Cowperthwait (1844-1916); 203.8x137.2 cm; Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

Background imageAnnotations Collection: Recto: Study of London Bridge for London Bridge on the Night of the Marriage of

Recto: Study of London Bridge for London Bridge on the Night of the Marriage of
1217949 Recto: Study of London Bridge for London Bridge on the Night of the Marriage of the Prince and Princess of Wales, 1863 (graphite on buff paper) by Hunt



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"Unveiling the Hidden Stories: Exploring the World of Annotations" they have long served as windows into history, revealing intriguing tales and shedding light on forgotten narratives. From a Falkland Islands Royal Engineer briefing map in 1982 to a WW2 poster showcasing the German Junkers JU 188 fighter plane, these annotations offer glimpses into significant moments in time. In the realm of art, handwritten musical scores adorned with ink on paper provide us with an intimate connection to composers' creative processes. Similarly, depictions such as "Saint Anne, the Virgin and Child and a study of a nude man (forward standing)" invite us to explore artistic interpretations through detailed annotations. Delving further into historical texts, we encounter fragments from Justinian Digesta's Book XXXIII. These carefully annotated pieces allow us to decipher ancient wisdom and legal principles that shaped societies centuries ago. Moving beyond words alone, annotations find their place even in visual representations. A captivating poster featuring an Imperial Flying-Boat takes us back to an era when aviation was still in its infancy. Meanwhile, French whalebone corsetry illustrations from the Dictionnaire du Costume transport us to early 20th-century fashion trends. Artistic expressions also utilize annotations as powerful tools for social commentary. The etchings and aquatints found within Los Caprichos present thought-provoking plates like "Ensayos" and "Nadie Nos Ha Visto, " challenging societal norms while leaving room for interpretation. Annotations extend beyond human creations; they guide our understanding of geological formations too. At Siccar Point's junction between primary and secondary sandstone layers lies evidence meticulously recorded through annotation—a testament to Earth's ever-evolving story. Traveling across continents brings us face-to-face with diverse cultures captured through artistic lenses. "The Banks of Irrawaddy, Burma" showcases vibrant watercolors alongside pen & ink sketches—annotations capturing fleeting moments frozen in time.