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.
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.
- Western Art paintings online
- Western Art drawings online
- Rembrandt Collection
- Finger Rings Collection
- Silver Collection
- The Elements of Drawing, John Ruskin's Teaching collection - The Elements of Drawing is a searchable and browsable online version of the teaching collection and catalogues assembled by John Ruskin for his Oxford drawing schools
- The Sutherland Collection - Between them, the Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian Library hold the Sutherland Collection, which centres around extra-illustrated books compiled by Alexander Hendras Sutherland and his wife Charlotte, née Hussey, between c.1795 and 1839.The collection runs to 216 volumes, with some additional detached works. It is a significant research resource.
- Western Art objects highlighted as part of the Object of the Month page
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.
Follow this link to view a list of past exhibitions dating back to 1891.
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:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.