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Paintings, Drawings & Cartoons

We hold an extensive collection of paintings, drawing and cartoons.  The work of preserving, cataloguing and digitising this growing body of work is ongoing.

You can explore here a sample selected from items digitised as part of the Heritage Lottery funded Story of British Jazz project. They are drawn from journals and concert programmes published between 1933 – 1975. 

They include caricatures by well-known musicians such as Humphrey Lyttelton and Sandy Brown (‘Trog’), illustrations accompanying magazine articles and programmes, and cartoons in adverts for records, shops and concerts.

Simply scroll through to find the person, style or period you are interested in, or search for painting, drawing or cartoon to widen your search among all the Archive’s digitised materials.

Suggestions for related collections are included below each item.


Every effort has been made to ensure that the images displayed on our website are done so fairly, and not in breach of copyright. If you do not believe this to be the case, please contact us.

Due to copyright restrictions, some digitised items cannot be viewed over the internet: these are indicated by the National Jazz Archive logo. However, you can view them online by visiting the Archive. To arrange a visit call 0208 502 4701, email or use our contact form provided here.