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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 ObjectAccession NumberCollectionDate Made/FoundSorted AscendingTimes Viewed
Portrait of Maximilien Francois Marie Isidore de RobespierreVIS.40 Visual Art 1750-1760637
Hopeless Dawn, SheffieldVIS.5430 Visual Art 1963640
Portrait of an Old WomanVIS.42 Visual Art 1676645
Media File Talking StonesVIS.3425 Visual Art 1943655
Lady in a Green DressVIS.6 Visual Art mid 19th Century658
Cupid and MonkVIS.24 Visual Art 1650-1660660
Pub InteriorVIS.4167 Visual Art 1974664
Montmartre, ParisVIS.4566 Visual Art 1979666
L'Hiver de 1978 au Jadin de Luxembourg, ParisVIS.4630 Visual Art 1978670
Media File WindstormVIS.1698 Visual Art 1931674
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