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This virtual exhibition is curated by the Friends of Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, and shines a spotlight on some of the most significant artists represented in Swindon’s collection of modern British art. Selected artworks span the Twentieth Century and include work from defining groups and movements, such as the Bloomsbury Group, the St Ives School and the School of London. ‘Big Hitters’ also showcases pieces by important contemporary painters Christopher le Brun, Eileen Cooper and Maggi Hambling, as well as treasured paintings in the collection by Gillian Ayres, David Bomberg, L.S. Lowry and many more.

28 artworks
1933 (composition in black and white)
© Angela Verren Taunt. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

1933 (composition in black and white) 1933

Ben Nicholson (1894–1982)

Oil & gesso on board

H 112 x W 53 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Play Dead II
© Eileen Cooper / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Play Dead II 1995–1997

Eileen Cooper (b.1953)

Oil on canvas

H 68.5 x W 91.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Winter in Pendlebury, Manchester
© The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Winter in Pendlebury, Manchester 1943

Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887–1976)

Oil on panel

H 42.2 x W 22.8 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Seated Model
© Estate of Duncan Grant. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Seated Model c.1915–1916

Duncan Grant (1885–1978)

Oil on board

H 57.5 x W 40 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Spring in Eden
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Spring in Eden 1925

Ivon Hitchens (1893–1979)

Oil on canvas

H 49 x W 59.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Port of Bristol
© trustees of the Corsham estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Port of Bristol 1938

Paul Ayshford Methuen (1886–1974)

Oil on canvas

H 64.3 x W 102 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Hyperion
© Christopher Le Brun. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Hyperion 1982

Christopher Le Brun (b.1951)

Oil on canvas

H 249 x W 214 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Tower Bridge, London: A War-Time Nocturne
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Tower Bridge, London: A War-Time Nocturne

Claude Francis Barry (1883–1970)

Oil on canvas

H 73 x W 94.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Self Portrait with Juliet
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Self Portrait with Juliet 1979

John Bellany (1942–2013)

Oil on canvas

H 165 x W 106.7 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Nude with Poppies
© 1961 estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Nude with Poppies 1916

Vanessa Bell (1879–1961)

Oil on canvas

H 23.4 x W 42.4 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Florestan
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Florestan 1986

Gillian Ayres (1930–2018)

Oil on canvas

H 137.5 x W 138.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Girl Selling Flowers
© Desmond Morris. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Girl Selling Flowers 1946

Desmond Morris (b.1928)

Oil on board

H 73 x W 88 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Pistyll Maes-Glasau
© the Piper Estate / DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Pistyll Maes-Glasau 1940

John Piper (1903–1992)

Chalk, charcoal & gouache on paper

H 50.2 x W 37.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Descent of the Bull's Head
© the artist / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Descent of the Bull's Head 1985

Maggi Hambling (b.1945)

Oil on cotton duck

H 160 x W 122.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Girl with a Fig Leaf
© Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Girl with a Fig Leaf 1947

Lucian Freud (1922–2011)

Etching on paper

H 30 x W 24 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Ship Amid Tall Waves
Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Ship Amid Tall Waves

Alfred Wallis (1855–1942)

Oil & pencil on cardboard

H 26.5 x W 32.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Printer
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Printer c.1915

Laura Sylvia Gosse (1881–1968)

Oil on canvas

H 100 x W 74.8 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Thames
© the estate of Mary Fedden / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Thames 1962

Mary Fedden (1915–2012)

Oil on canvas

H 49.3 x W 59.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Birling Gap
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Birling Gap 1981–1983

Jeffery Camp (1923–2020)

Oil on board

H 72 x W 122 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Grey, Red and Black Verticals
© estate of Terry Frost. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Grey, Red and Black Verticals 1962

Terry Frost (1915–2003)

Oil on canvas

H 101 x W 126.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The South East Corner, Jerusalem
© the estate of David Bomberg. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The South East Corner, Jerusalem 1926

David Bomberg (1890–1957)

Oil on board

H 55.5 x W 73.2 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Sibyl
© Tate. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

The Sibyl 1964

Cecil Collins (1908–1989)

Oil & acrylic on board

H 75 x W 90 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Welsh Hills
Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Welsh Hills

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889–1946)

Oil on canvas

H 49.3 x W 59.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Roman Window
© estate of the artist. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Roman Window 1950

Michael Ayrton (1921–1975)

Oil on canvas

H 125.5 x W 75 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Gramophone
© Estate of Howard Hodgkin. Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Gramophone 1964–1966

Howard Hodgkin (1932–2017)

Oil on canvas

H 71.5 x W 91.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Edge of the Wood
Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Edge of the Wood c.1944

Paul Nash (1889–1946)

Pencil & watercolour on buff paper

H 38.7 x W 57.2 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Still Life with Boats, St Ives, Cornwall
Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Still Life with Boats, St Ives, Cornwall 1930

Christopher Wood (1901–1930)

Oil on panel

H 22 x W 53.5 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Bright Intervals
Photo credit: Swindon Museum and Art Gallery

Bright Intervals 1928

Edward Alexander Wadsworth (1889–1949)

Tempera on canvas laid on panel

H 63 x W 88 cm

Swindon Museum and Art Gallery