Prints and Drawings (Room 90), Upper floor

Exhibitions of prints and drawings are changed several times a year because long exposure to light causes works on paper to fade and discolour.

Changing displays

Witches and Wicked Bodies

25 September – 11 January

From hideous hags to beautiful sorceresses, this exhibition explores the relationship between witches, sorcery and the artistic imagination. Medea and Circe are displayed along with Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters, and the wild, sad creatures of Goya’s Capricci. A Few Greek vases and maiolica plates are displayed with this innovative survey of the graphic arts from the Renaissance to 1900.

More about this exhibition 

Richard Earlom, after David Ryckaerts, Mad Meg with Cerberus and demonic creatures, 1786, mezzotint, museum number 1842,0806.209.

Hogarth the draughtsman

11 September – 7 December 2014

A display of drawings by William Hogarth to mark the 250 anniversary of his death in 1764.

William Hogarth (1697-1764), Life study of a female model, 1720s, black chalk heightened with white, museum number 1960,0409.113.


Patterns of Power

11 September – 7 December 2014

The exhibition is the third collaborative project with Camden School for Girls. This year, twelve geography students in Year 12 have curated a display of graphic works selected from the Museum’s collection based on the theme of ‘patterns of power’.

John Minton, The house, 1941, pen and black ink with watercolour and bodycolour over graphite, museum number 1987,0725.25.

Permanent displays

Two works from the department are normally on display in the Museum:

Grayson Perry, 'Map of an Englishman' (detail) 
Michelangelo, Epifania


Other prints and drawings can be seen in the Study Room.