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:

Catherine Whistler, Acting Keeper
Italian and Spanish paintings, drawings and prints; French art before 1800; textiles.
Timothy Wilson, Barrie and Deedee Wigmore Research Keeper
Sculpture; ceramics; metalwork; jewellery; glass, furniture.
Colin Harrison, Senior Curator of European Art
British paintings, drawings and prints; European art after 1800, including the Pissarro Family Archive; miniatures; musical instruments.
Matthew Winterbottom, Curator
of late 19th-century British sculpture and decorative arts
Jon Whiteley (retired end 2013), Honorary Curator
Working on exhibition and research projects.
Curatorial Post - Vacant
Curatorial Post - Vacant

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

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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.