The Art collection at the National Museum Cardiff houses 28,000 works on paper. These comprise watercolours, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and albums. It is a broad-based collection, ranging from prints by Rembrandt and Picasso to watercolours by Cézanne and Turner and drawings by Burne-Jones and David Nash. There are particularly extensive holdings of works by Augustus and Gwen John (over 2,000 works), Graham Sutherland, David Jones and Ray Howard-Jones. These give a unique insight into the working methods of these artists. We also have a large collection of topographical views of Wales.
Works on paper are very sensitive to their environment - exposure to light causes colours to fade and paper to become brittle. These works are also too numerous and too vulnerable to be on permanent display. They are stored in the climate-controlled Prints & Drawings Study Room. There are regular temporary exhibitions of works on paper from the collection: recent exhibitions include Unseen Gwen John, Victorian Visions, A Picturesque Tour of Wales and Sisters Select: Works on paper from the Davies collection. In addition, each month a different work from the collection goes on show as the Exhibit of the Month. Each of these is requested by a visitor, researcher or member of staff or is relevant to other exhibitions or activities.
You are also welcome to view works that are not on display in the Prints &and Drawings Study Room. Appointments can be arranged for Tuesday - Friday between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. A week's notice is normally required.
Telephone: (029) 20573232
Fax: (029) 20572351
Address: The Prints &and Drawings Study Room, National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP