Box of Delights – Wood Engravings from the Ashmolean Collection
“Wood Engraving is perhaps the only visual art form England can claim to have invented.” Anne Desmet RA
The Ashmolean Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of wood engravings in the world. The collection effectively began with the gift in 1964, by Arthur Mitchell, of over 3,000 prints, including a large group of wood engravings. This book was published to accompany the Box of Delights exhibition curated by Anne Desmet and held at the Museum in 2020, to commemorate the Society of Wood Engravers centenary. It gives a rich and varied insight to a range of incredible artworks which have been created using wood engraving techniques.