The Fine Art collection includes 4800 mainly British paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and a small collection of sculpture dating from around 1650 to the present day.

Special strengths include:

  • North Cumbrian artists and views dating from the 18th century to the present day including William James Blacklock, Sam Bough, Winifred Nicholson, Sheila Fell, Donald Wilkinson and Julian Cooper.
  • 19th century artists including Samuel Palmer and the Pre-Raphaelites: D G Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, William Morris, Ford Madox Brown, Burne-Jones and Arthur Hughes.
  • 20th century artists including Charles Ricketts, Paul Nash, Wyndham Lewis, Stanley Spencer and Peter Blake.
  • 21st century artists including Keith Tyson.

Pre-Raphaelite Art

A group of seven artists founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as a secret society in 1848. The artists William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti were the driving force. They found the fashionable art of the day uninspiring and wanted to produce art that was challenging...

North Country Artists

Dr Edmund Law, Bishop of Carlisle, about 1780 by George Romney

Artists from northern Cumbria and views of the area are well represented in the collection and demonstrate the region’s rich artistic heritage. There are over six-hundred works in a variety of media dating from 1650 to recent times. The collection includes work by artists such as George Romney,...

Objects in this collection