Room 90: Prints & Drawings
The Julie and Robert Breckman Gallery contains changing displays of prints and drawings. A recent display, ‘Off the Page’, showcased book illustration from famous and much loved books selected from the Museum's collection of original drawings and prints by artists from Durer to Dulac.
The Prints collections consist of about 500,000 objects encompassing both fine art and commercial production. They include prints from the Renaissance to the present day, printed designs for the decorative arts, topographical and portrait prints, caricatures and greeting cards, and ephemera and commercial graphics. They also contain the national collections of posters and of wallpapers.
Victorian Sentimental Prints, Drawings & Watercolours
Scenes of tender feeling were popular during the Victorian period. They became associated with the home as they were ideal for display in family rooms and traditionally female spaces such as the parlour. The popularity of sentimental pictures coincided with technological innovations in the print trade that enabled these images to be produced quickly and cheaply.
The V&A's Computer Art Collections
The V&A has been collecting computer-generated art and design since the 1960s, and has also acquired two significant collections: The Computer Arts Society Collection and The Patric Prince archive. Together these form the basis of the UK's emerging national collection of computer art.
Printmaking in the 21st century
What is a print? The term now encompasses stencilled guerrilla graphics, museum-sponsored billboards, appropriated or found material, a cake iced with a laser-jet printed image, printed MDF floors, wallpapers and soft furnishings. In recent years printmaking has co-opted painting and sculpture, dress and domestic furnishings, commerce and cyberspace. Dynamic and democratic, the world of printmaking now includes the billboard and the badge, the masterpiece and the multiple, the priceless and the give-away.