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Visual Art

Museums Sheffield is home to over 6000 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints and watercolours. The Visual Art Collection is extremely varied, reflecting the personal interests of directors and curators over the past 125 years and in particular two main benefactors, John Newton Mappin (1800 - 1883) and John George Graves (1866 - 1945).

The Visual Art Collection comprises mainly British and European works from the 16th century to the present day. Its strength lies in the Modern British Collection which is one of the most important in the country outside London. It contains works by key 20th century artists including L S Lowry, Henry Moore, Vanessa Bell, Stanley Spencer, David Bomberg, Gwen John, Frank Auerbach and Paul Nash. The collection also includes contemporary art works by significant British artists such as Sutapa Biswas, Hew Locke, Marc Quinn and Sam Taylor-Wood.

Highlights of the European Collection include work by Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. The development of painting in the 18th and 19th centuries is illustrated through the works of artists such as JMW Turner, David Roberts and painters associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement such as Edward Coley Burne-Jones and John Brett. While the oldest paintings in the collection are by 16th and 17th century Old Masters including Daniel Mytens, Luis de Morales, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Giulio Cesare Procaccini.

The Graves Gallery displays the highlights of the Visual Art Collection, while other works are also on display in About Art and Sheffield Life and Times at Weston Park Museum.

Explore the Visual Art collections here or search for more paintings from Museums Sheffield on Art UK. Our online collection currently only represents a selection of Visual Art at Museums Sheffield but we are working to add more records.

Please note that these works may not be on view when you visit the galleries.

Show Objects
Name of ObjectSorted AscendingAccession NumberCollectionDate Made/FoundTimes Viewed
Watching the Fireworks at St. Cloud, FranceVIS.125 Visual Art late 19th-early 20th Century1259
SeascapeVIS.1256 Visual Art 18872531
Portrait of a Man Aged 29VIS.1297 Visual Art 15841728
The Faithful KnightVIS.1298 Visual Art mid 19th Century1816
The HoursVIS.13 Visual Art 18823390
SeascapeVIS.1312 Visual Art 1660-16801316
LandscapeVIS.1317 Visual Art 1860-19001468
VeniceVIS.1345 Visual Art 1285
The LandladyVIS.14 Visual Art 18561189
The Timber WagonVIS.1418 Visual Art 18711206
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