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Alexander Ver Huell collection

Identifier: ubl271

Scope and Contents

The drawings document two journeys Alexander Ver Huell made in the company of friends. One led him and Henri van Lelijveld through France (PK-2005-T-1/21). The second journey Ver Huell made together with Dirk van Leeuwen, leading them to Germany, Austria and Switzerland (PK-2005-T-22/86). All these drawings show scenes of their adventures while travelling, often satirizing the people they met. Two anonymous drawings are part of the collection as well (PK-2005-T-87/88) besides a number of prints (PK-2005-P-4/20), some by Ver Huell, some by others.


  • Creation: Mid nineteenth century


Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Alexander Ver Huell was a Dutch artist, who studied Law at Leiden University and became known for his witty and satirical portrayal of student life and illustrations to Dutch romantic literature.


88 drawings and 17 prints

Language of Materials


Abstract in Dutch

Verzameling tekeningen en grafiek van de Leidse kunstenaar en LSV Minerva lid Alexander Ver Huell (1822-1897).

Abstract in English

Collection of drawings and prints by the Leiden artist and LSV Minerva alumnus Alexander Ver Huell (1822-1897).

Physical Location

Leiden University Library, Special Collections

Other Finding Aids

Click here for a detailed list of all the drawings and prints.

Custodial History

Bequest of Dirk van Leeuwen, friend and travel companion of Ver Huell, to LSV Minerva.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

On loan from Leidse Studenten Vereniging [Leiden Student Association] Minerva since 2004.


The drawings testify to Ver Huell’s talent as a satirist and as an avid observer of student life.


No future additions are to be expected.

Related Materials

Part of the larger collections of prints and drawings of Leiden University Libraries are other works by Alexander Ver Huell, not belonging to this collection. They can be accessed through the library’s catalogue.


  • Biografisch portaal van Nederland (Alexander Willem Maurits Carel Ver Huell)
  • With, C. de, F. Haverkamp & O. Mertens, Vriendschap voor het leven. Reisimpressies en herinneringen aan de Leidse Sociëteit Minerva van Alexander Ver Huell. Catalogus bij een tentoonstelling in de Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden, 8 januari – 29 februari 2004. Leiden 2004.


The drawings and prints can be requested through the online catalogue and can be consulted in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Collection guide of the Alexander Ver Huell collection (Mid nineteenth century)
Collectie Alexander Ver Huell
Jef Schaeps, 2018
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Language of description note
Beschrijving is in het Engels.

Revision Statements

  • 10 December 2018: latest update

Repository Details

Part of the Leiden University Libraries Archives & Collections Repository

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