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Herbert Francis Williams-Lyouns Sketchbook

Identifier: MS-3796

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This collection is composed of a journal belonging to British-born artist Herbert Francis Williams-Lyouns entitled “Album of Sketches of the Holy Land.” This book begins with a handwritten description detailing the spiritual journey he embarks on through his world exploration. Within his sketchbook are sixty-three colored-pages of pencil and pen sketches that illustrate scenes of biblical inspiration found from his tour of Palestine, Jerusalem and Egypt during 1922. Many of these impressionistic sketches are supplemented with Bible verses as well as notes in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. Additionally, many of the sketches are signed “HWL.”


  • 1922


The material in this collection is in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


Personal sketchbook of British-born artist Herbert Francis Williams-Lyouns with illustrated spirtual and biblical scenes in pen and pencil inspired by his travels to Palestine, Jerusalem, and Egypt in 1922.

Biographical/Historical Note

Artist Herbert Francis Williams-Lyouns was born on January 19,1863 in Plymouth, England. Trained in Boston, Massachusetts and Paris, France, his art is expressed through mediums of oil paint, watercolor, and engravings in wood. His paintings primarily depict scenes rooted in religion and mythology as well as land and seascapes. He described the subjects of his work as “ethereal, spiritual, mystic as well as material subjects.” In his late fifties, he embarked on an international tour including the likes of Africa, America, Asia, Australia, and various islands. Williams-Lyouns died eleven years later at an unknown date in 1933.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA