The Whitworth holds the finest collection of artists’ prints in the north of England with works that stretch from the origins of European printmaking in the 15th century right through to the present day
Although our collection mainly focuses on British and Continental European works, we also have smaller groups of Japanese and American prints.
In the 1920s, we established a collection of Continental European prints that date from the mid-15th century to the late 18th century. Based on major acquisitions of Italian and Northern Renaissance works, this outstanding selection includes 70 engravings and woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer.
There are also strong groups of work by many leading German, Dutch, Italian, French and Spanish printmakers, including Lucas van Leyden, Schongauer, Rembrandt, Hollar, van Ostade, Mantegna and his circle, Antonio Pollaiuolo, Marcantonio Raimondi, Canaletto, Piranesi, Callot, and Goya.
British prints from the late 17th to the early 19th centuries are numerous and varied, many of them bequeathed by William Sharp Ogden, a local architect and collector, in 1926. They include one of the finest and most comprehensive collections in the country of prints by William Hogarth. Major Continental European artists of the modern period are also represented with prints by Manet, Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Gauguin, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Braque, Picasso, Léger, Matisse, Mirò, Chagall, Munch, Kandinsky, Dix, Ernst, and Kollwitz.
While many of our exhibitions are made up from works in our permanent collection, the Whitworth has nothing on permanent display. Discover our prints for yourself. Search our collection, or see what’s on at the gallery.
Edvard Munch, Two People, the Lonely Ones, 1899 Woodcut P.22685