Introduction to Online Access to the Fitzwilliam Museum’s print collection
This search facility gives the opportunity to search the online catalogue of prints in more detail. It retrieves fuller information about the prints, while enabling searches on more specific criteria such as standard bibliographic references, collector’s marks, techniques and donors.
Which prints are online?
More than 28,500 prints have been entered on the database (about 25% of the total collection). Every effort is being made to complete the online catalogue, but given the size of the collection this will inevitably take some time.
The prints online already include most of the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century prints, including those by William Blake, Francisco Goya, David Lucas, Edgar Degas, Odilon Redon, James McNeill Whistler, Walter Sickert, and Pablo Picasso. Of the Old Master prints, those catalogued by Bartsch are available online, including works by Albrecht Altdorfer, Albrecht Dürer, Martin Schongauer, Marcantonio Raimondi and Rembrandt van Rijn. Some of these are temporary brief records, which will be amplified in the near future where possible to include images and information about watermarks.
The Museum’s large collection of portrait prints is in the process of being added to the database. A high percentage of these engraved, etched and mezzotint portraits are now available online with images. At the moment there are over 5,500 records with images, which includes images of all of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century portraits catalogued in A. M. Hind’s Engraving in England, and most of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century mezzotint portraits catalogued by John Chaloner-Smith.
To further assist the online visitor the department is planning to provide an alphabetical list of all artists whose work is represented in the collection. Only a few Japanese prints are online; it is hoped that the rest should be available by the end of 2009.
Please note that the inclusion of prints in the catalogue does not mean that they are on display in the Museum. For reasons of conservation and because of limited display space, prints and drawings are displayed in rotating exhibitions. To see prints in reserve you should normally make an appointment with the Graham Robertson Room.