An impression of Pieter Bruegel’s only etching, Rabbit Hunt, a rare edition of Canaletto’s Vedute or Venetian views, and Piranesi’s dramatic Carceri series, are among a number of particularly fine Dutch, Flemish and Italian Old Master prints in the collection.
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists are strongly represented with etchings, lithographs and wood engravings by Manet, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Picasso and other artist-printmakers.
Around 20,000 fifteenth- to nineteenth-century reproductive prints in the Witt Library collection provide an ideal opportunity to study a wide range of subject matter and printmaking processes.
Executed on paper, drawings and prints are highly sensitive to light, and as a result they cannot be on permanent public display. However, selections from the collection are shown regularly in a dedicated space in the Gilbert and Ildiko Butler Drawings Gallery in The Courtauld Gallery.
The collection can also be viewed by appointment in the Drawings & Prints Study Room.