Hieronymus Bosch drawings

Hieronymus Bosch drawings

This is an incomplete list of drawings by Hieronymus Bosch, many of which have survived to the present day. A number represent alternate incarnations or preparatory sketches for his paintings.

Image Details
Two monsters

Type: Pen drawing
Size: 86 x 182 mm
Location: Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This is a two-sided drawing.

Study of Monsters

Reverse of previous.

Beehive and witches

Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 192 x 270 mm
Location: Albertina, Vienna

Beggars

Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 285 x 205 mm
Location: Albertina, Vienna

It is unknown whether this drawing is by Bosch or Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

Beggars and Cripples
Type: Pen and bistre

Size: 264 x 198 mm
Location: Bibliothèque Royale Albert I, Brussels

Like the drawing Beggars, it is unknown whether this drawing is by Bosch or Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

Christ Carrying The Cross
Type: Pen

Size: 236 x 198 mm
Location: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Formerly attributed to Bosch.

A comical barber scene
Type: Pen and brown ink on black chalk
Size: 174 × 207 mm.
Location: London, British Museum

This sketch would later be made into an engraving by Pieter van der Heyden.

Death of the Miser
Size: 256 x 149 mm

Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris

Although originally thought to have been a preparatory drawing for the painting Death and the Miser, it is now believed that the drawing was executed by a follower of Bosch. Examination of the underdrawing of the painting Death and the Miser reveals that Bosch shortened Death's arrow in the final version. The length of the arrow in the drawing is equal to the length of the arrow in the painting, rather than in the underdrawing. The unknown artist of the drawing also embellished details including an orthodox cross below the barrel vault. The assertion that the drawing is of Bosch's hand is used by Lynda Harris to support her theory that Bosch was a practitioner of the Cathar religion. The "Death and the Usurer" drawing is paired with a similar "Ship of Fools Drawing" which has also been erroneously attributed to Bosch.

Group of Male Figures
Type: Pen

Size: 124 x 126 mm
Location: Pierpont Morgan Library, New York

Attribution uncertain.

Mary and John at the Foot of the Cross
Type: Brush

Size: 302 x 172 mm
Kupferstich-Kabinett (Dresden)

Nest of Owls
Type: Pen and bistre

Size: 140 x 196 mm
Location: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Scenes in Hell
Type: Pen and bistre

Size: 163 x 176 mm
Location: Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Attribution uncertain.

Studies

Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 205 x 263 mm
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris

Attribution uncertain

Monsters
Type: Pen and bistre

Size: 318 x 210 mm
Location: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

This is a two-sided drawing.

Studies of Monsters

Reverse of previous.

Temptation of St Anthony

Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 257 x 175 mm
Location: Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Attribution uncertain. This sketch would later be made into a painting.

The Entombment

Date: 1507
Type: Ink and grey wash
Size: 250 x 350 mm
Location: British Museum, London

Formerly attributed to Bosch.

The Forest that hears and the field that sees

Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 202 x 127 mm
Location: Staatliche Museen, Berlin

The Ship of Fools

Date: c. 1500
Type: Wash on gray paper
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris

Done after Bosch by an unknown artist.

Ship in Flames

Type: Pen and bistre
Date: 176 x 153 mm
Location: Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna

Attribution uncertain.

Man Tree

Date: c.1470s (?)
Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 277 x 211 mm
Location: Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna

The Tree-Man later (?) appears in the Bosch triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Two Caricatured Heads

Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 133 x 100 mm
Location: Lehmann Collection, New York

Two Monsters

Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 164 x 116 mm
Location: Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This is a two-sided drawing.

Turtle and a winged demon

Reverse of previous.

Two Witches

Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 125 x 85 mm
Location: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Witches

Type: Pen and bistre
Size: 203 x 264 mm
Location: Musée du Louvre, Paris

Note: Brueghel's name appears on this drawing, however it is widely accepted as Bosch's.