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A woodcut showing the Emperor Maximilian in a triumphal chariot.
This large woodcut, over 2 metres in length, was originally planned as part of a huge printed frieze. The work, undertaken by a team of designers and woodblock cutters, was to show a triumph
Highlights from the print collection

An introduction to the print collection of the Royal Collection

Engraved Royal Portraits

[Elizabeth I]©

The 'Engraved Royal Portrait' (ERP) series contains over 22,000 prints, in all techniques. As most of the prints reproduce painted portraits, they constitute a comprehensive survey of the portraiture of the monarchies of European nations. The ERP series has been added to continuously over the last three centuries, and the resulting collection is now the largest group of works on paper in the Royal Collection.

The ERPs are arranged by nationally, dynasty, and sitter over the course of 66 volumes and 30 portfolios, housed in the Print Room at Windsor Castle. The largest single section, numbering over 7,000 prints, contains British monarchs from the early Anglo-Saxon kings and legendary Scottish rulers through to Queen Elizabeth II, spanning five centuries of printmaking. The majority of the ERPs were bound into large volumes in the early twentieth century under the librarian Sir John Fortescue; many others which were subsequently added or not bound into volumes have remained in portfolios.

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.