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Sketch-book - Sketch-book
  • Sketch-book
    Natalia Goncharova, born 1881 - died 1962
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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)
    Russia (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1917-1918 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Natalia Goncharova, born 1881 - died 1962 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    black chalk and brush with lilac ink

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case 94, shelf D, box 72

Physical description

Full red cloth case binding containing fourteen sheets of slightly bluish paper with drawings in black chalk and some in lilac ink adhered to textblock pages.
Contents: p. 1: Portrait of a man holding a cigarette; p. 2: Officer in profile; p. 3: Portrait of a man in military uniform with decoration; p. 4: Portrait of a man in military uniform with decoration; p. 5: Sketch of a woman in Spanish costume; p. 6: Sketch of a woman rapped in a shawl; p. 7: Woman in Spanish costume with a house and tree in the background; p. 8: Rough sketch of a head in cubist style; p. 9: Woman in Spanish costume, with abbreviated notes on the colours in Russian; p. 10: Woman in Spanish costume; p. 11: Seated woman in profile with the Eiffel Tower and a tree in the background; p. 12: Sketch of the Eiffel Tower; p. 13: Portrait of a man [Vladimir Mayakovaky] with the Eiffel Tower in the background; p. 14: Town landscape with a bridge.
All drawings are in black chalk, except the drawings on pp. 5-7 which are in brush with lilac ink.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)
Russia (possibly, made)


ca. 1917-1918 (made)


Natalia Goncharova, born 1881 - died 1962 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

black chalk and brush with lilac ink

Marks and inscriptions

p. 12: Gontcharowa
Signed in black chalk.

p. 13: H, N. Gontcharowa
Signed twice: Goncharova's first initial in Russian and in Latin script.

p. 14: H
Signed in black chalk with Goncharova's first initial in Russian script.


Length: 342 mm Length of book Book closed, Width: 282 mm Book closed, Depth: 12 mm Book closed

Object history note

The drawings on pages 1-4 appear to represent the poet Nikolay Gumilev (1886-1921) who served in the French army in 1917 and when staying in Paris during this period was a frequent guest of Goncharova and Larionov. A portrait drawing of him similar to these sketches but made by Larionov apparently at the same time is reproduced in T. Loguine, Gontcharova et Larionov, fig. 10. This suggests 1917-18 as the date for the sketch-book as a whole.

Descriptive line

Sketch-book by Natalia Goncharova; ca. 1917-1918.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Salmina-Haskell, L., Catalogue of Russian Drawings, London: V & A, 1972, p. 21, cat. 66.





Subjects depicted

Head; Uniform; Town; Costume; Bridge; Cigarette; Officer; Portrait; Eiffel Tower


Drawings; Theatre

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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