The Fine Art Collection was started in the 1880's, after the opening of Dudley Art Gallery in 1884.
The collection includes works originally acquired by Stourbridge, Halesowen and Brierley Hill councils, prior to the reorganisation of local government boundaries in the 1960's and 1970's. Some works within the collections have been donated by members of the public.
The current art collection numbers almost two thousand works including 270 oil paintings, approx 800 drawings and watercolours, 540 prints and 350 modern artists’ prints. The collection highlights include Victorian oil paintings, 19th and 20th century British watercolours, and modern prints, depicting historical and topographical interest. There are several outstanding pictures in the collection, for example a watercolour of Dudley by JWM Turner and an oil painting of Dymchurch by Paul Nash, works by David Cox and Sir Frank Brangwyn.
The collection also includes an impressive collection of local artists including Frank Short and Percy Shakespeare.
We display a small part the collection and refresh our displays annually. Works from the collection are also displayed within Himley Hall and are occasionally loaned to other museums.
View the collections online
Black Country History is a website which allows users to find information about documents, maps, photographs, art and objects held by Archives and Museums services across the Black Country; this includes the collection cared for by Dudley Museums Service.
Art in focus
Find out more about individual pieces in our collection.
The Sale of Old Dobbin. John Robertson Reid
The Tropical Bird House. Percy Shakespeare
A Distant View of Dudley Castle. David Cox
Interior, Holy Trinity Church. Wordsley. Martha Alice Richardson