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 

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

The Jim Dine Gift

3 March – late June 2015

A display of Jim Dine’s persistent imagery in prints - bathrobes, tools, paintbrushes, hearts and other motifs. The American artist, who turns 80 this year, recently made a gift of over 230 prints in single sheets, portfolios and illustrated books to the British Museum in honour of Alan Cristea, the London print dealer and publisher who has championed the artist’s prints since the 1970s.

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.