The table below lists drawings collections that can be searched online. By clicking on the collection name, you will be brought to their search forms. The most useful of the sites are of the Louvre, Joconde (French state museums), and the British Museum. This table will be updated, not in this post, but at a page dedicated to web resources (left side of home page and called Resources and Links). The Tate has a number of interesting pages about the intricacies of putting their collection online and the initial page can be found here.
Collection Country City/Loc. No. of Drawings No. of Drawings Online Notes
Accademia Carrara, Ambrosiana, Brera, Poldi Pezzoli, and other Lombard Collections Italy Lombardy Region 3,223 Site of the Beni Culturali, Lombardy
Albertina, Grafische Sammlung Austria Vienna 50,000 5,000 prints and drawings online. Drawings not broken out.
Ambrosiana, Biblioteca Italy Milan 12,000 8,315 Art Institute of Chicago USA Chicago 11,500 6,797 Ashmolean Museum - Oxford Univ. UK Oxford 5,090 Basel Kunstmuseum Switzerland Basel 300,000 prints, drawings, and watercolors. 2513 online
Berlin - Kupferstichkabinett - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Germany Berlin 110,000 550,000 prints and some 110,000 drawings, watercolours, pastels, and oil sketches
Biblioteca Nacional Spain Madrid 45,000 3,500 Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery UK Birmingham 1600 Pre-Raphaelite
Bologna – Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe Italy Bologna 9,000 192 Boston Museum of Fine Arts USA Boston 712 British Museum UK London 50,000 Chazen Museum of Art - University of Wisconsin USA Madison 900 Collection of British watercolors
Cleveland Museum of Art USA Cleveland 3,733 3,733 Cologne – Wallraf-Richartz Germany Cologne 1,000 1,000 19th century drawings in database. 75,000 prints and drawings in coll.
Courtauld Inst. of Art UK London 7,260 Detroit Institute of Fine Arts USA Detroit 2,500 35,000 prints, drawings, photographs, watercolors, posters and artists books
Dresden – Staatliche Kunstsammlung Germany Dresden 377 500,000 works on paper
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts France Paris 65,000 33,694 20,000 drawings and 45,000 architectural drawings
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco/Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts USA San Francisco 70,000 works on paper
Fitzwilliam Museum - Cambridge University UK Cambridge 17,406 40,000 paintings, drawings, and prints
Flemish Art Collections – Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, the Groeninge Museum Bruges and the Museum of Fine Arts Ghent Belgium Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent 40,000 Getty Museum USA Los Angeles 700 700 Harvard University Art Museums - Fogg, Busch-Reisinger etc. USA Cambridge 24,451 Fogg has 12,000 drawings.
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens USA Marino (Los Angeles) 14,000 drawings
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica (Calografica - Farnesina) Italy Rome 7,132 LA County Museum of Art USA Los Angeles Leiden University Netherlands Leiden 12,489 Louvre France Paris 140,000 140,000 MAK - Österreichisches Museum fuer angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst Austria Vienna 16,932 Wiener Werkstätte drawings
Metropolitan Museum of Art USA New York 15,000 23,871 56,663 prints and drawings
Morgan Library USA New York 12,000 2,000 2,000 images online as of 15 June 2014. All 12,000 by year end.
Museum of Modern Art USA New York 10,000 5,960 National Gallery of Canada Canada Ottawa 11,136 24,000 prints and drawings. 5,595 drawings with images
National Gallery of Denmark Denmark Copenhagen 60,000