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Unit information: Prints in 2020/21

Unit name Prints
Unit code HART30046
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ann Matchette
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of History of Art (Historical Studies)
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The Department of History of Art at Bristol has a substantial collection of prints, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day and, in medium, from engravings to etchings and lithographs. The collection is a valuable aid to teaching and research, but only a fraction is ever on display. The unit will introduce students to the collection and will cover the history and techniques of print making. Students will gain firsthand experience of researching and cataloguing individual works. This unit will culminate in a scholarly exhibition of prints drawn from the collection in a selection curated and presented by the students themselves.


  1. to introduce students to independent object-based research methods
  2. to give students training in cataloguing and museum curating
  3. to allow students to acquire expert knowledge in the history and techniques of print making.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. analyse and evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources;

2. deploy skills in curatorial practice, including independent and collaborative research, exhibition making and cataloguing;

3. communicate understanding of selected materials in written and oral formats;

4. demonstrate expert knowledge in the history and techniques of print making.

Teaching details

Classes will involve a combination of discussion, investigative activities, and practical activities, including work toward an exhibition. Students will be expected to engage with readings and participate on a weekly basis. This will be further supported with drop-in sessions and self-directed work with tutor and peer feedback.

Assessment Details

One project portfolio (100%) [ILOs 1-4]

Reading and References

Susan Lambert, Prints: Art and Techniques (London, 2000)

Antony Griffiths, The Print Before Photography (London, 2016)

David Landau and Peter Parshall, The Renaissance Print, 1470-1550 (London, 1996)

Brian Maidment, Reading Popular Prints, 1790-1870 (Manchester, 1996)

Raymond Lister, Prints and Printmaking: A Dictionary and Handbook of the Art in 19'th'-century Britain (London, 1983)

Amelia Rauser, Caricature Unmasked: Irony, Authenticity and Individualism in 18'th'-century English Prints (Newark, 2008)