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

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

Online collection

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 UK is a website which allows users to find art across the UK. Simply search for the title of the painting or the venue such as Dudley Museum. 

Dudley's collection

Our 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, approximately 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.

Dudley artists

The collection also includes an impressive collection of local artists including Sir Frank Short and Percy Shakespeare. 

We display a small part the collection in Dudley Museum and refresh our displays annually. Works from the collection are also displayed within Himley Hall and are occasionally loaned to other museums. 

Art after hours

An online experience, viewing our collection in themes.

Views of Dudley

Art in focus

Find out more about individual pieces in our collection.

Artist in focus

Find out more about artists in our collection.

Art after hours - views of Brierley Hill

Art after hours - views of Dudley

Art vlog - Ernest R Fox

Art vlog - Matisse

Art vlog - Ray Jones

Art vlog - Sir John Franklin by Thomas Phillips

Art vlog - Trout in the Eel Reeve by Charles Napier Hemy

Art vlog - View of St Bavo's Church, Haarlem by Edward Batty