UCL Art Museum announces acquisition of rare prints

2nd March 2021
UCL Art Museum

We are delighted to announce that UCL Art Museum has recently acquired a collection of rare and exceptional political and satirical prints through the HM Government’s Cultural Gifts Scheme. 

Dating mostly from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries, the collection includes groups of prints by acclaimed British caricaturists James Gillray, Richard Newton and Thomas Rowlandson, plus especially rare French and German political prints, most of which refer to the trials and tribulations of the French Revolution.  

The prints have been acquired for the nation through the HM Government’s Cultural Gifts Scheme (via the Arts Council) from donor and Emeritus Professor of the History of Art, David Bindman. He formed the collection over many years specifically with teaching and public exhibition in mind. 

Bindman explains that “there is a good group of contemporary-coloured etchings by Gillray of political and royal subjects, but there are also some great rarities, including three early caricature lithographs by Delacroix, and a group of German caricatures from the 1790s, including one of the brief period that Mainz was part of the French Revolutionary government. Among my favourites there is a Daumier lithograph of Louis Philippe, a caricature drawing of Henry Crabb Robinson, one of UCL’s founders, and a large woodcut version of one of Hogarth’s Stages of Cruelty.”

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