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Writing Collection

Background imageWriting Collection: Scribe copying manuscripts in the Middle Ages

Scribe copying manuscripts in the Middle Ages
Medieval scribe writing at a desk, surrounded by open manuscripts. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: GEUR2D-00047

GEUR2D-00047
Arabic inscription carved in a palace wall of the Alhambra, a medieval Moorish city, Granada, Spain. Digital photograph

Background imageWriting Collection: Chart of some early alphabets

Chart of some early alphabets
Various ancient alphabets: Coptic, Syriac, Ethioptic, Gothic, and Illyrian (Servian). Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: PANC2A-00033

PANC2A-00033
A manuscript of Demosthenes copied by hand in the tenth century. Color lithograph reproduction, 19th century

Background imageWriting Collection: Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon

Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon
Joseph Smith translating the Mormon " Golden Bible" aloud to Oliver Cowdery, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: Charles Dickens writing

Charles Dickens writing
Charles Dickens at his writing desk. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: Part of the Magna Carta preamble

Part of the Magna Carta preamble
Portion of the Preamble to the Magna Carta. Watercolor wash on a 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an original copy in the British Museum

Background imageWriting Collection: Ulfilas, Christian missionary to the Visigoths

Ulfilas, Christian missionary to the Visigoths
Bishop Ulfilas translating the Bible into Gothic, 4th century AD. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: Martin Luther writing

Martin Luther writing
Martin Luther at his desk. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: Medieval monks studying manuscripts

Medieval monks studying manuscripts
Benedictine monks poring over medieval manuscripts. Antique hand-colored print

Background imageWriting Collection: Leonardo da Vinci sketch for a siege machine

Leonardo da Vinci sketch for a siege machine
Military machine for firing arrows with a crossbow, designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Woodcut with a watercolor wash

Background imageWriting Collection: Leonardo da Vinci drawing of a canal dredge

Leonardo da Vinci drawing of a canal dredge
Leonardo da Vincis drawing of a device for excavating a canal. Woodcut reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background imageWriting Collection: Writing with a quill pen

Writing with a quill pen
Scholar using a quill pen. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: Medieval monks studying geometry and copying a manuscript

Medieval monks studying geometry and copying a manuscript
Monk scholars - a mathematician studying a globe, the other copying a manuscript, 1200s. Hand-colored woodcut

Background imageWriting Collection: Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics on an obelisk in Paris

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics on an obelisk in Paris
Hieroglyphics on the ancient Egyptian obelisk from Luxor in the Place de la Concorde, Paris, presented to King Louis-Philippe in the 1800s. Digital photograph

Background imageWriting Collection: Assyrian or Babylonian scribes

Assyrian or Babylonian scribes using flexible media as well as clay tablets for cuneiform writing. Hand-colored 19th-century halftone reproduction of ancient artwork

Background imageWriting Collection: Hebrew traders in a Phoenician seaport

Hebrew traders in a Phoenician seaport
King Solomons ships unloading goods to trade with Phoenicians. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: PPRE2A-00125

PPRE2A-00125
George Washington writing at his desk by candlelight. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: PEXP2A-00118

PEXP2A-00118
Bartolome de Las Casas, Spanish missionary and New World historian. Hand-colored woodcut

Background imageWriting Collection: BUSN2A-00090

BUSN2A-00090
Scribes using the stylus and other means of writing in ancient times. Hand-colored woodcut

Background imageWriting Collection: PLIT2A-00031

PLIT2A-00031
William Shakespeare writing in his study. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: Carved portal, Nasrid Palace in the Alahambra, Granada, Spain

Carved portal, Nasrid Palace in the Alahambra, Granada, Spain
Intricately carved portal of the Nasrid Palaces of the Alhambra, a medieval Moorish city, Granada, Spain. Digital photograph

Background imageWriting Collection: Monk copying a medieval manuscript

Monk copying a medieval manuscript
Medieval copyist writing a manuscript on a sheet of vellum, 1400s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut of an earlier illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: EXPL2A-00116

EXPL2A-00116
Diary kept by William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition 1804 - 1806. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century reproduction of the diary

Background imageWriting Collection: Ogham inscription and sun symbol on an Old Irish gravestone

Ogham inscription and sun symbol on an Old Irish gravestone
Pagan gravestone carved with sun symbols and Old Irish Ogham cipher, Ireland. Watercolor wash on a halftone reproduction of a 19th-century photograph

Background imageWriting Collection: Arithmentic lesson of young Abe Lincoln

Arithmentic lesson of young Abe Lincoln
Page from Abraham Lincolns exercise book when he was age 17. Woodcut reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background imageWriting Collection: Paul writing the Epistles

Paul writing the Epistles
Paul in a Roman prison, writing the Epistles. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: PART2A-00063

PART2A-00063
Leonardo da Vincis backward handwriting on his design for a lamp using a globe filled with water. 19th-century woodcut reproduction with a watercolor wash

Background imageWriting Collection: PROY2A-00033

PROY2A-00033
Napoleon dictating to his secretaries. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: Erasmus

Erasmus
Portrait of the Dutch philosopher, Erasmus. Digitally colored engraving

Background imageWriting Collection: BUSN2A-00155

BUSN2A-00155
Writing master using a quill pen. Hand-colored engraving of an illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: Erasmus Colloquies

Erasmus Colloquies
Colloquies of Erasmus, hand-bound edition published in Basel, 1537. Hand-colored engraving

Background imageWriting Collection: EXPL2A-00117

EXPL2A-00117
Sketch by William Clark of Cock of the Plains in the Lewis and Clark expedition diary. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century reproduction of the diary

Background imageWriting Collection: PBLA2A-00006

PBLA2A-00006
Poet Phyllis Wheatly. Hand-colored woodcut of an 18th-century illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: PBLA2D-00007

PBLA2D-00007
Phyllis Wheatley statue, Boston Womens Memorial. Digital photograph

Background imageWriting Collection: Schoolgirls in ancient Rome

Schoolgirls in ancient Rome
Girls with writing implements in ancient Rome. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut of an ancient illustration

Background imageWriting Collection: PREV2A-00029

PREV2A-00029
Patrick Henry writing. Hand-colored engraving of a painting by Alonzo Chappel

Background imageWriting Collection: EVRV2D-00043

EVRV2D-00043
General Washingtons desk at his winter camp headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Digital photograph of a restored National Park site

Background imageWriting Collection: PPRE2A-00083

PPRE2A-00083
Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Howard Pyle illustration


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