Room 90, The Julie and Robert Breckman Gallery

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Encompassing both fine art and commercial production, our print collections contain more than 500,000 objects which range in date from the 15th century to the present day. We hold the national collections of posters and wallpapers, and one of the world's finest collections of Japanese woodblock prints, as well as printed designs for the decorative arts, topographical and portrait prints, fashion plates, caricatures and satirical prints, greetings cards, and commercial graphics such as packaging.

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Among the collections of fine art prints are works by renowned artists, from Durer, Rembrandt and Hokusai to Matisse, David Hockney, Bridget Riley and Damien Hirst. All the traditional printmaking processes are represented, as well as tools, blocks and printing plates. We continue to collect works which extend the definition of 'print', including those employing new digital media.

Collection Highlights

Oil & Water Do Not Mix, poster, screen print with oil, designed by Anthony Burrill, made for Happiness Brussels, 2010, UK
Printed playing cards
Printed playing cards, woodcut with stencil, by Gilles Savouré, 1490 – 1500, Lyons, France
The Last Supper, from the Large Passion series, print, woodcut on paper, by Albrecht Dürer, 1510, Nuremberg, Germany
Jack Sheppard! poster, woodcut and letterpress on paper, printed by S.G. Fairbrother and Son, 1839, London, England
Würzburg Missal (Missale Herbipolense) manuscript, printed by Georg Reyser, about 1484, Würzburg, Germany
Cyber Dada Manifesto, photocopy, by Troy Innocent and Dale Nason, 1990, Melbourne, Australia
(Detail) The Iolanthe wallpaper, woodblock print, designed by Charles Voysey, manufactured by Essex & Co., about 1897, England
woodblock print
The Great Wave, woodblock print, by Katsushika Hokusai, about 1831, Japan
Elektronischer Einstein, lithographic print, Herbert W Franke, 1972, Germany
The Royall Oake of Brittayne, engraving, 1649, England
Marilyn Monroe, screenprint, by Andy Warhol, printed by Aetna Silkscreen Products Inc./ Du-Art Displays, published by Factory Additions, 1967, New York, US
Seaside Excursions: Southend, poster, lithograph, designed by Frederick Charles Herrick, printed by Baynard Press, 1925, England
The Three Trees, etching, by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1643, the Netherlands
Mister Tambourine Man, poster, screen print, designed by Martin Sharp, 1967, UK


Background image: Background image: Marilyn Monroe, screenprint, Andy Warhol, printed by Aetna Silkscreen Products Inc./ Du-Art Displays, published by Factory Additions, 1973, US. Museum no. CIRC.121-1968. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./ARS, NY and DACS, London 2001