Printmaking in Britain c.1780-1914: contexts, processes, markets HISTART4078

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to aspects of the 19th century art market with a particular focus on print-making and print consumption in Britain. It considers the impact of sociological change and technological innovation upon attitudes to materials, processes and the cultural/exchange value of the printed image. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course will exploit strengths in the Hunterian collections in 19th, early 20th century and Old Master prints - Whistler, Turner, Rembrandt etc. - through collections based teaching and study.


1 x 1 hour lecture plus 1 x 1 seminar per week over 9 weeks per semester as scheduled on MyCampus. 2 x 2 hour study visit (1 each semester). This is one of the Honours options in History of Art and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling the requirements for Honours entry into History of Art, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Examination (3hrs duration) - 40%

2 x 3,000 word essays - 20% each

2 x 10 min set exercises- 10% each

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will offer students the opportunity to

■ develop a basic knowledge of the processes and operations of the 19th century print market, with special emphasis on the market in Britain.

■ acquire skills in critical, comparative and contextual analysis of a range of prints and print related material through object study.

■ explain the wider role of printmaking/graphic arts in late 19th century visual culture through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ evaluate critically a range of primary and secondary material relating to 19th century prints and print culture.

■ identify and give account of key print related technological developments and critical debates from a range of perspectives appropriate to Senior Honours Level.

■ organise, evaluate and present this knowledge in oral and written form in accordance with scholarly conventions appropriate to the level.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.