Exploring our enduring interest in the animal world through historical prints on loan from the British Museum’s collection.

Engravings, woodcuts, mezzotints, etchings and drypoints dating from the 5th to the 19th century provide a fascinating record of early modern imagination and creativity.

Created to be easily transportable and relatively affordable, these prints were accessible to many levels of society, proving the wide-ranging popularity of animal subject matter.

The display divides into three main themes; allegorical animals, observing animals and encountering animals. As such, the prints explore everything from the moral and symbolic significance of different creatures to the techniques used to record newly discovered species, as well as examples documenting how animals were used in sports and entertainment, such as bull-baiting.

Featured artists include Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya and George Stubbs, whose works can be seen alongside a selection of lesser-known and rarely-seen prints.

Ferens Art Gallery

Queen Victoria Square, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 3RA

01482 613902


Opening times

Daily, 10am - 4 30pm (Sunday 11am - 4pm)

Free to all

20% off shop

Valid to 31 December 2018

The gift shop offers a variety of postcards, cards and prints, and a great selection of art and craft books.

20% off café

Valid to 31 December 2018

Whether you fancy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, the gallery's bustling La Loggia Café offers food and drink in a unique, cultural setting. There's even an outside terrace by the waterside to enjoy during the summer months.

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