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The Gallery’s collections range from the 15th century to the present day and were formed mainly by gift and bequest since the building first opened in 1900. Explore the database to find out more.

Collection search

You can explore our paintings, sculpture and decorative art in our fact-filled online database. Go to the collection homepage and discover our oil paintings, sculptures and pictures of local scenes.

The Collection includes many works by artists who have lived and worked in the area, such as Thomas Gainsborough and Walter Sickert. In the 18th century Bath was an important centre for portrait painting, in the 20th century it again became famous with the innovative works produced by artists working at Bath Academy of Art. 

You can also explore the Victoria Art Gallery’s collection of oil paintings on Art UK, a website of works in British public collections.

Remember to check with us in advance if you are planning a visit to the Gallery to see a particular work of art. Not all our works are on display. Please get in touch by email if you have any comments or suggestions.

Our unique Adopt a Picture scheme allows members of the public to help restore a painting from the Victoria Art Gallery’s collection and see their name credited alongside it whenever it is displayed.

Recent acquisitions

Image: Image: Howard Hodgkin, Goanese, 1990-1991Image: The River Bank (Ophelia), By David Inshaw, 1980

Recent donations of glass

This wonderful array of coloured glass was acquired in 2011 through the generosity of a husband and wife. The drinking glasses belonged to Derek Manning and his wife, Valerie, collected the scent bottles. Both collections came to us via The Art Fund.The 110 scent bottles are being displayed in their entirety for the first time and most of the 270 drinking glasses are exhibited here too.

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