The Rosenthal Collection of Drawings by American Artists was gradually donated by Albert Rosenthal beginning in 1927. Containing 846 drawings by artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the collection is made up largely of the work of illustrators such as C. E. H. Bonwill, Louis M. Glackens and Edward H. Potthast. You can also view many studies for paintings and larger works by artists such as John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, Thomas Sully, John Trumbull and Benjamin West.
While many well-known artists are represented in this collection, there are also a number of outstanding drawings by lesser-known artists. One of these is Maude Cowles (1871-1905), known in the northeastern U.S. for her murals and stained glass. Her remarkable watercolor sketch, Mrs. Brown, was made in 1896.