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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.

Exploring Print

Photo of Oil & Water Do Not Mix, screenprinted poster, designed by Anthony Burrill, printed by Adams of Rye, 2010, UK. Museum no. E.1086-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Oil & Water Do Not Mix, screenprinted poster, designed by Anthony Burrill, printed by Adams of Rye, 2010, UK. Museum no. E.1086-2011. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Uncut playing cards, woodcut with stencil, Gilles Savouré, 1490 – 1500, France. Museum no. E.988-1920. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Uncut playing cards, woodcut with stencil, Gilles Savouré, 1490 – 1500, France. Museum no. E.988-1920. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Last Supper, from the Large Passion series, woodcut, Albrecht Dürer, 1510, Germany. Museum no. E703-1940. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Last Supper, from the Large Passion series, woodcut, Albrecht Dürer, 1510, Germany. Museum no. E703-1940. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Jack Sheppard! playbill, woodcut and letterpress, S. G. Fairbrother and Son, 1839, England. Museum no. S.2583-1986. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Jack Sheppard! playbill, woodcut and letterpress, S. G. Fairbrother and Son, 1839, England. Museum no. S.2583-1986. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Würzburg Missal (Missale Herbipolense), manuscript, printed from wood blocks by Georg Reyser, about 1484, Germany. Museum no. 243:1. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Würzburg Missal (Missale Herbipolense), manuscript, printed from wood blocks by Georg Reyser, about 1484, Germany. Museum no. 243:1. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Cyber Dada Manifesto, photocopy, Troy Innocent and Dale Nason, 1990, Australia. Museum no. E.1111:4-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince
Cyber Dada Manifesto, photocopy, Troy Innocent and Dale Nason, 1990, Australia. Museum no. E.1111:4-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince

Photo of The Iolanthe wallpaper, designed by Charles Voysey, manufactured by Essex & Co., about 1897, England. Museum no. E.1899-1953. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Iolanthe wallpaper, designed by Charles Voysey, manufactured by Essex & Co., about 1897, England. Museum no. E.1899-1953. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Great Wave, woodblock print, Katsushika Hokusai, 1858, Japan. Museum no. E.4823-1916. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Great Wave, woodblock print, Katsushika Hokusai, 1858, Japan. Museum no. E.4823-1916. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Elektronischer Einstein, lithographic print, Herbert W Franke, 1972, Germany. Museum no. E.69-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Elektronischer Einstein, lithographic print, Herbert W Franke, 1972, Germany. Museum no. E.69-2008. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Royall Oake of Brittayne, satirical engraving of Oliver Cromwell, unknown artist, 1649, England. Museum no. E.217-2002. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund
The Royall Oake of Brittayne, satirical engraving of Oliver Cromwell, unknown artist, 1649, England. Museum no. E.217-2002. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

Photo of 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
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

Photo of Seaside Excursions: Southend, lithograph poster, designed by Frederick Charles Herrick for Underground Electric Railways Co. of London, Ltd., printed by Baynard Press, 1925, England. Museum no. E.582-1926. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Seaside Excursions: Southend, lithograph poster, designed by Frederick Charles Herrick for Underground Electric Railways Co. of London, Ltd., printed by Baynard Press, 1925, England. Museum no. E.582-1926. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of The Three Trees, etching and drypoint, Rembrandt von Rijn, 1643, The Netherlands. Museum no. CAI.610. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Three Trees, etching and drypoint, Rembrandt von Rijn, 1643, The Netherlands. Museum no. CAI.610. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Mister Tambourine Man, screen printed poster, designed by Martin Richie Sharp, 1967, England. Museum no. E.7-1968. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mister Tambourine Man, screen printed poster, designed by Martin Richie Sharp, 1967, England. Museum no. E.7-1968. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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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