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

Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon

5 February – 16 August 2015

This exhibition will focus on the printed propaganda that either reviled or glorified Napoleon Bonaparte, on both sides of the English Channel. It explores how his formidable career coincided with the peak of political satire as an art form.

More about this exhibition 

James Gillray, The plumb-pudding in danger, hand-coloured etching, 1805. 1851,0901.1164.

Unity and Simplicity: Neoclassicism in Europe

3 July – late September 2015

The word ‘neoclassicism’ can be applied to any movement which draws inspiration from antiquity, but it is usually used to describe European art in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The discovery of Herculaneum in 1738 and Pompeii in 1748 revealed a new wealth of ancient sources, creating demand for classically inspired pictures and interiors, and inspiring artists to emulate classical art in their own work. This display presents a selection of drawings by artists from across Europe, and looks at the different ways they drew on ancient motifs and themes.

COMPASS Title: Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, The Apotheosis of Napoleon I, a brown-wash pencil drawing,

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), The Apotheosis of Napoleon, 1859. 1949,0212.6

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.