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Canterbury Museums and Galleries’ art collection is freely available to the public at ART UK. The online collection database allows you to experience many well-known, and some overlooked, paintings from their collection from the comfort of your own home.


This timeline of 6 oil paintings from the collection spans from the 16th century to the 20th century and showcases the different areas of Canterbury which were of particular interest to artists – not only aspects of the city, like the Cathedral, which were represented repeatedly, but also how these different parts of Canterbury were selected, perceived, and depicted so diversely by artists through time – highlighting the history and unique beauty of the city and its evolution.

6 artworks
Interior of Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, the Quire
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Interior of Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, the Quire c.1663

unknown artist

Oil on canvas

H 77 x W 64.5 cm

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Old Ridingate, Canterbury, as in 1770
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Old Ridingate, Canterbury, as in 1770 1884

H. W. Hayman

Oil on canvas

H 31 x W 40.5 cm

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Canterbury, Kent, from the Stour Meadows
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Canterbury, Kent, from the Stour Meadows 1828

Alfred Stannard (1806–1889)

Oil on canvas

H 45.5 x W 65.5 cm

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Canterbury from Kingsmead, Kent
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Canterbury from Kingsmead, Kent 1881

Alfred Dawson (b.1843)

Oil on panel

H 20.4 x W 25.4 cm

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Canterbury Blitz, 1 June 1942
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Canterbury Blitz, 1 June 1942 c.1970

A. E. Hallady

Oil on board

H 50.5 x W 61 cm

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Tudor Tea Rooms, High Street, Canterbury, Kent
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Tudor Tea Rooms, High Street, Canterbury, Kent 1968

Bill Howard (d.c.1975)

Oil on board

H 58.7 x W 43.3 cm

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