Event details

Please note: this exhibition is due to resume touring once restrictions are lifted. There are no confirmed dates yet. See below for details of how to buy the catalogue and to see a tour video.

This special exhibition celebrating the art of wood engraving over the last 100 years is curated by Anne Desmet RA RE. The exhibition is a comprehensive survey of the most outstanding, seminal wood engraved prints from the Ashmolean’s collection, complemented with key additions from private collections including that of Desmet herself.

Including early engravers such as Albrecht Dürer and William Blake the exhibition will chart the history and development of the medium. Notable early 20th-century artists and mid-century greats will be prominent including John and Paul Nash, Eric Gill, Eric Ravilious, Lucien Pissarro, M C Escher, Henry Moore and Gertrude Hermes. More recent outstanding figures such as Edwina Ellis, Simon Brett and Anne Desmet will also be represented, along with selected engravings from international artists demonstrating the global spread of this widely loved art form.


Catalogue: The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by the Ashmolean Museum. Costs (including P&P) for one copy are: UK: £20 EU: £25 elsewhere: £30. For details of how to purchase the catalogue please contact the sales secretary.

Exhibition walk-through: curator,  Anne Desmet RA RE discusses some of the prints on display in the exhibition at the Ashmolean View video on YouTube