Head bowed and hands flitting across vast rolling drawers, Nick Savage, the Director of Collections, Head Librarian and Curator of Prints & Drawings at the Royal Academy of Arts, presides over an unusual pictorial province. Part library, part archive, part gallery, his is one of the more compact spaces in Burlington House, though the discretely angled sideboards and elegant plan chests conceal a grainy history. Considered as a single entity, the holdings in the RA’s collection of Prints & Drawings offer an unparalleled insight into the shifting cultural attitudes towards printmaking, engraving and draughtsmanship across the two centuries of the Academy’s existence.

This piece continues in the Autumn 2014 edition of Printmaking Today.


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