Ottley Group

The Dance (detail). Pen and black ink, grey wash heightened with white on grey paper.

The Dance (detail). Pen and black ink, grey wash heightened with white on grey paper

The Department of Prints and Drawings contains the national collection of Western prints and drawings and is one of the best collections of its kind in the world.

There are approximately 50,000 drawings and over two million prints dating from the beginning of the fifteenth century up to the present day.

Members of the Ottley Group make an annual donation to the Prints and Drawings Department in support of the acquisition of Old Master and English drawings.

The Ottley Group is named in honour of William Young Ottley (1771 – 1836) who was an amateur artist, pioneering scholar and collector as well as a former Keeper of the Prints and Drawings Department at the British Museum.


Contact

For more information please contact the Patrons team on patrons@britishmuseum.org or call +44 (0)20 7323 8134