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Department Collections

The Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints houses a collection of exceptional international importance by artists of European, American and Asian schools, ranging in date from the 13th century to the present day.

The collection has its origins in the founding bequest of nearly 150 paintings, drawings and superlative collection of prints, left to the University of Cambridge in 1816 by Richard, VIIth Viscount Fitzwilliam. Since then it has grown by gift, bequest and purchase to encompass around 160,000 paintings, prints and drawings in all media.

Paintings are exhibited principally in Galleries 1-8, 11, 12, 15, 31 and 32.
Drawings, watercolours and prints are displayed in regularly-changing thematic exhibitions in Galleries 14 and 16 and in covered tablecases throughout the museum.


  • Degas: A Passion for Perfection

    In October 2017, the Fitzwilliam Museum will mark the centenary of Edgar Degas's death with an exhibition that will bring into focus its holdings of works by the artist. Consisting of paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, counterproofs and sculpture in bronze and wax, the Fitzwilliam's collection is the most extensive and representative in the UK. The wide range of media offers the opportunity to examine Degas’s relentless desire to experiment and reinvent, an aspect of his artistic practice that some attributed to chronic self-doubt; others to a ‘passion for perfection’.