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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
Ingham, Illingworth and Co., LeedsVIS.4121 Visual Art 32140
Rabat, MoroccoVIS.1863 Visual Art 193332298
Chair with Bowl and TowelVIS.5136 Visual Art circa 191732324
Hillsborough, SheffieldVIS.107 Visual Art mid 19th Century32543
No, no, Roger, Cézanne did not use itVIS.3269 Visual Art 193433708
Quarry, Bo Peep Farm, SussexVIS.647 Visual Art 191834859
An English Country HouseVIS.872 Visual Art circa 193835019
Untitled from the series 'Cars'VIS.4314.1 Visual Art 1974-7635144
A Dead HareVIS.227 Visual Art 37333
Portrait of Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964)VIS.213 Visual Art 191837988
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