Prints and Drawings

Prints and Drawings


The extensive Prints and Drawings collection comprises over 12,000 works, including prints (engravings, etchings, mezzotints and lithographs), simple pencil sketches, preparatory studies for paintings, finished landscape watercolours, portraits in all media, and architectural and topographical drawings. The scope of the collection is broad, ranging in date from the fifteenth century to the present day.

Highlights include old master drawings from the Italian, French, Dutch and Flemish schools by such renowned artists as Francesco Primaticcio, Jean-Antoine Watteau and Jacob Jordaens. Works by Irish and British artists, including Hugh Douglas Hamilton, John Robert Cozens, William Orpen and Paul Henry, sit alongside works by European artists such as Paul Cézanne and Emil Nolde. Works on paper are presented in regular, temporary thematic displays and exhibitions.

Thomas Manly Deane, 'Saint Paul's Church Bray, Stencil for Frieze in Nave', c.1880. © National Gallery of Ireland

Prints and Drawings Study Room

The Prints and Drawings Study Room provides access to the Gallery's collection of prints, drawings, watercolours and miniatures. It is open by appointment to all members of the public, students and visiting scholars for the study and appreciation of the collection.

For further information contact:

 T: + 353 1 6633535   E:  [email protected]