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Ferens Art Gallery
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Ferens Art Gallery
Queen Victoria Square

Telephone: 01482 613 902
Fax: 01482 613 710
Email: museums@hullcc.gov.uk

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Overview of collections

This designated collection encompasses the 16th century to the present through paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and watercolours, both British and European. Particular strengths are old masters, 17th century Netherlandish painting, marine painting, Hull topographical views, portraiture and figure painting, 18th to 20th century British and contemporary art and a Loan collection of the MAG collection of 200 contemporary works.
The overall breadth and quality of the Ferens' collection is unique in a provincial gallery. Leading art historian Christopher Wright comments, "any visitor can gain an overview of European painting with examples from the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods, as well as fine examples of historic British Portraiture." This is not possible in most regional galleries. Within the scope, individual periods and themes are also robust. Although other northern galleries in particular have good collections of early 20th century British art for example, none have achieved such a comprehensive overview of the period. Indeed, Hull has also concentrated on developing particular themes to contribute to the distinctive character of the collection. The focus on portraiture is unique, and the range and quality is unparalleled outside the national collections. Although galleries like Plymouth, Bristol and Liverpool have important marine holdings, none can present such a complete picture of the genre as Hull, which has the best collection outside the National Maritime Museum.

Overview of how collections are displayed

Opened in 1927 and extended in 1991 the gallery houses one of the best and most accessible collections in Northern England. Permanent collection of Dutch Old Masters, marine paintings, 18th, 19th,and 20th century British, especially portraiture and figure painting,and post-war and contemporary British art. Unique Live art space for performance and time-based art and temporary exhibitions ensure a lively and changing programme. Innovative Children's Gallery with lots of activities.

Star Objects at this location

Frans Hals, Ingres, Canaletto, Devis,Ward, Bonheur,Elwell,Wyndham Lewis, Spencer, Hockney.
Collection Descriptions
Fine Art Collection (Ferens Art Gallery)
The collection encompasses the 16th century to the present through paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and waterco...

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