Fine Art

Nearly 13,000 works, including oil paintings, sculptures, medals, drawings and watercolours, prints, posters and photographs.

The fine art collection is made up over 2,000 oil paintings, 3,000 watercolours and drawings, 250 sculptures, 90 miniatures and around 1,000 prints.

Work (detail) by Ford Madox  Brown, 1852-65We are best known for our outstanding collection of 19th century British paintings. Most major artists are represented, including the great Pre-Raphaelites, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt. Ford Madox Brown's masterpiece Work, usually on display in the Pre-Raphaelite Gallery, is widely acknowledged to be a key icon of the Victorian age.

We also have popular paintings by Edward Coley Burne-Jones and John William Waterhouse, and paintings of historical, literary and contemporary subjects by Frederic Lord Leighton and William Powell Frith.

Cheetah and Stag with Two Indians by George Stubbs, about 1765We have a small but significant collection of 17th century Dutch, Italian and British paintings, and key works from the 18th century and Romantic periods, including well-known artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, JMW Turner and John Constable.




Peter C (detail) by David Hockney, 196120th century British art is strongly represented. The collection features works by Henry Moore, Paul Nash and Ben Nicholson among others. In the post-war period, acquisitions have included examples by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney. 

Contemporary collecting today focuses on sculpture and photography and includes work by Mona Hatoum and Richard Deacon.

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