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Unit information: Prints in 2016/17

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Unit name Prints
Unit code HART30046
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Shaw-Miller
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

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 course 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 have received expert training and gained experience in (1) independent research; (2) cataloguing; (3) curating; and (4) developed an expert knowledge in the history and techniques of print making.

Teaching Information

1 x 2-hour interactive lecture per week.

Assessment Information

Summative assessment is a 2-hour unseen exam (50%), an essay of 1000 words (25%) and assessment of the exhibition (25%).

Reading and References

Susan Lambert , Prints: art and techniques (London, 2000)

Anthony Wells-Cole, Art and decoration in Elizabethan and Jacobean England: the influence of continental prints, 1558-1625 (New Haven and London, 1997)

B.E. Maidment, Reading popular prints, 1790-1870 I (Manchester, 1996)

Martin Hopkinson, Italian Prints, 1875-1975 (London, 2007)

Raymond Lister, Prints and Printmaking: a dictionary and handbook of the art in C19th Britain (London, 1983)

Amelia Rauser, Caricature Unmasked: Irony, Authenticity and Individualism in C18th English Prints (Newark, 2008)