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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/FoundTimes Viewed
Wallpaper: Desert and CamelsVIS.4877 Visual Art circa 193010865
Washed out on WashdayVIS.5806 Visual Art 1940s-50s8245
Washing Drying on a Beach, NiceVIS.4362.20 Visual Art 1933-348006
Watching the Fireworks at St. Cloud, FranceVIS.125 Visual Art late 19th-early 20th Century1799
Water SupplyVIS.1788 Visual Art 2481
Weathercote Cave, YorkshireVIS.LI.1132 Visual Art about 180811729
Wild Rock from Remains of ElmetVIS.4809 Visual Art 19799366
William Traies of CreditonVIS.34 Visual Art 1780-18004051
Media File WindstormVIS.1698 Visual Art 1931674
Wing Commander G.W. GrantVIS.1804 Visual Art 19411941
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