Works of art on paper are perhaps the fastest area of growth for the collection and there are now over a thousand drawings and prints covering six centuries of the draughtsman’s and printmaker’s art. There is a small but very fine selection of old master drawings with magnificent sheets by Dürer, Ingres, Rembrandt, Pietro da Cortona and Turner, along with more recent works by Degas. The gallery has been particularly active in buying German drawings of the 19th century, together with works by the Expressionists. Amongst the modern drawings there are examples by Wyndham Lewis- A Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, ‘Froanna’ (right) and another new acquisition, Gwen John’s A Nun Seated at a Table.
German Expressionism is a strength of the collection of prints and it includes works by Köllwitz, Beckmann and Nolde. Amongst the old masters there are fine groups by Dürer, Goya, Italian and Flemish Renaissance masters, and 19th-century French artists. British print makers such as Samuel Palmer are well represented with fine examples like The Rising Moon.