The Romantic Print in the Age of Revolutions

Continuing the comprehensive exploration of British Romantic printmaking begun with The Romantic Landscape Print (September 25–December 29, 2002), this exhibition was selected from the Center’s collections to complement Romantics & Revolutionaries. The exhibition focused on portrait, subject, and narrative prints, investigating themes such as the cult of the hero in the Romantic period, the relationship between literature and the visual arts, and the depiction of contemporary historical events, such as the American and French Revolutions, and the Napoleonic Wars. Among the artists featured were Benjamin West, Henry Fuseli, and J. M. W. Turner, the great visionary artist-engravers William Blake and John Martin, and the subversive twenty-first century heirs of Romanticism, Jake and Dinos Chapman. Special emphasis was placed on techniques and processes.

View works from the collection included in this exhibition here.


The exhibition was organized by Gillian Forrester, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Center, and Eric Stryker, doctoral candidate in the History of Art, Yale University.

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The Romantic Print in the Age of Revolutions installation, photo by Richard Caspole