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David Pierre Giottino Humbert de Superville collection (KNAW)

Identifier: ubl138

Scope and Contents

A collection of drawings by D.P.G. Humbert de Superville, most of them done in relation to his art historical theories and his lectures at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam. The prints are by various artists and have a documentary value in relation to Humbert’s work.


  • Creation: Bulk first half 19th century


Conditions Governing Use

Regulations that apply during the use of these materials can be found on the website of Leiden University Library.


187 drawings and 39 prints

Language of Materials


Abstract in Dutch

Langdurig bruikleen van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Amsterdam, mogelijk sinds 1853, van prenten en tekeningen van D.P.G. Humbert de Superville (1770-1849), directeur van het Prentenkabinet van 1823 tot 1849.

Abstract in English

Protracted loan of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, possibly since 1853, of prints and drawings by D.P.G. Humbert de Superville (1770-1849), director of the Print Room from 1823 to 1849.

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

The inventory numbers can be deduced from the online catalogue.

Custodial History

The collection was bequeathed by the artist to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, originally known as the Royal Institute, was founded in 1808 by Louis Napoléon, King of Holland. Based in Amsterdam, it is one of the major research institutes in the Netherlands in the fields of Life Sciences, Social Sciences and the Humanities.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

At what date the collection was given as a loan to the Leiden Print Room is unknown. There are documents at the Academy in Amsterdam that suggest this already happened in 1853 at the request of the director of the Leiden Print Room, J.L. Cornet. The documents however do not specify which works were given in loan and if they were to be returned in a short time. Another document in the archives of the Print Room refers to the year 1939 as the start of the loan.


No additions are to be expected.

Related Materials

The University Library owns a large number of drawings by D.P.G. Humbert de Superville, mostly originating from the collection of N.C. de Gijselaar, besides prints, books, letters and manuscripts."See also the collection Cremer van den Berch van Heemstede.

Separated Materials

[The University Library also houses the KNAW Collection of oriental manuscripts, given on loan in 1856.] Besides the drawings and prints of Humbert de Superville that are now in Leiden, the KNAW also owns a great number of manuscripts (including some drawings) that were given in loan to the Royal Library in The Hague in 1937. See the catalogue by D.J.H. ter Horst, Catalogus van de handschriften der Koninklijke Nederlandsche Akademie van Wetenschappen, in bruikleen in de Koninklijke Bibliotheek. The Hague 1938, nos. CCXIV to CCXXXV.


  • J. Schaeps, A handlist of D.P.G. Humbert de Superville’s paintings, drawings, prints, books, manuscripts and of documents and letters concerning him, in: J. Bolten (ed.), Miscellanea Humbert de Superville, Leiden 1997, p. 127-250.


The material of this collection can be requested at the Special Collections Reading Room.

Processing Information

The prints and drawings are kept as a separate collection of drawings and prints. Since they were catalogued in 1984, their inventory numbers start either with PK-1984-T (for the drawings) or PK-1984-P (for the prints).

Collection guide of the David Pierre Giottino Humbert de Superville collection (KNAW) (first half 19th century)
Collectie David Pierre Giottino Humbert de Superville (KNAW)
Jef Schaeps, 2009.
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Beschrijving is in het Engels.

Repository Details

Part of the Leiden University Libraries Archives & Collections Repository

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