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The Fine Art Collection was started in the 1880's, after the opening of Dudley Art Gallery in 1884.

  • Woman in Art Gallery looking at painting of the inside of Wordsley Church
  • Art Galllery/Corridor

Dudley's collection

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. 

Collection online

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

Black Country Industrial Scene. Edwin Butler Bayliss

Artist in focus

Find out more about artists in our collection.

Artist in focus: Sir Frank Short        

Artist in focus: Sir Frank Brangwyn

Artist in focus: Percy Shakespeare

Artist in focus: Henry Pope  Currently on display.