The collections in the Department of Western Art cover 800 years and a wide range of materials. They include paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, silver, textiles and musical instruments.

Curatorial Responsibilities

The curatorial responsibilities of the members of the Department, with a selection of recent or pending publications specifically on the Museum collections, are as follows:

Timothy Wilson, Keeper
Sculpture; ceramics; metalwork; jewellery; glass.
Jon Whiteley, Senior Assistant Keeper
German, Low Countries, French paintings and drawings; Russian paintings and drawings; furniture; musical instruments.
Catherine Whistler, Senior Assistant Keeper
Italian and Spanish paintings and drawings; textiles.
Colin Harrison, Assistant Keeper
British paintings, drawings and prints; the Pissarro Family and archive; miniatures; European art after 1900.
Mercedes Cerón, Sackler Research Fellow
Francis Douce's collection of prints; go to the Douce Blog

To find out more about research carried out by the Ashmolean's curators and staff between 1999 and 2006 please download the Research Profile.

Online Collections

Western Art Handbooks

  • Camille Pissarro and His Family by Anne Thorold
  • Eighteenth Century French Porcelain by Aileen Dawson
  • English Delftware by Anthony Ray
  • Finger Rings (cross-departmental) by Diana Scarisbrick and Martin Henig
  • French Drawings and Watercolours by Jon Whiteley
  • Glass (cross-departmental) by Martine Newby
  • J.M.W. Turner by Luke Hermann & Colin Harrison
  • Maiolica by Timothy Wilson
  • Michelangelo & Raphael by Catherine Whistler
  • Miniatures by Richard Walker
  • Oxford and the Pre-Raphaelites by Jon Whiteley
  • Picture frames by Timothy Newbery
  • Ruskin's Drawings by Nicholas Penny
  • Samuel Palmer by Colin Harrison
  • Stringed Instruments by Jon Whiteley
  • Twentieth Century Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum by Kate Eustace
  • Twentieth Century Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum by Kate Eustace
  • Watches in the Ashmolean Museum by David Thompson
  • Worcester Porcelain - the Marshall Collection by Dinah Reynolds

Follow this link for information on these and other publications.

Request for information about artists or their estates

Any information on the whereabouts of the following artists or their estates, regarding ownership of copyright, would be most welcome:

Artists and their estates

Please email

Principal Catalogues and Studies of Prints and Drawings

Follow this link for a list of Western Art principal catalogues and studies of prints and drawings.