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Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Abbot Hall

Telephone: 01539 722 464
Fax: 01539 722 494
Email: ws@abbothall.org.uk

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Overview of collections

A wide ranging collection which includes a fine collection of British art ranging from C.18th to contemporary work and including works by many of Britain's leading artists. Decorative art includes furniture by Gillows of Lancashire, together with examples of English porcelain, pottery, metalwork, jewellery and some important pieces of studio pottery.

Overview of how collections are displayed

Displays feature art from the permanent collection in restored room settings, together with a range of decorative art objects. There is also a changing programme of temporary exhibitions. Major exhibitions in recent years have featured the work of artists such as Lucian Freud and Bridget Riley.

Star Objects at this location

'The Great Picture' - attr J V Belcamp (c. 1650); 'Crowned Head the Queen' - Ben Nicholson (1932); 'The Gower Children' - G Romney (1776-77); 'The Passage of the St Gothard from Teufels Bruke' - J M W Turner (1804); 'Belle Isle Windermere in a Calm and in a Storm' - P J de Loutherbourg; 11 works by Kurt Schwitters -all dated 1946 e.g. 'Flight' and 'Mier Bitte'
Collection Descriptions
Archives Collection (Abbot Hall Art Gallery)
Archival material related to the collections and themes.
Costume & Textile Collection (Abbot Hall Art Gallery)
Costume of the 17th to mid 20th century including local made or worn clothing and also accessories and jewellery.
Decorative & applied Art Collection (Abbot Hall Art Gallery)
The collection of decorative art ranges from studio pottery to furniture by Gillows of Lancaster and other furnishing...
Fine Art Collection (Abbot Hall Art Gallery)
The art collection contains watercolours (2172), prints (1253), paintings (528), drawings (394) and sculpture (75) ra...
Music Collection (Abbot Hall Art Gallery)
Three musical instruments including a recently restored Manxman piano by Baillie Scott (see Blackwell).

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