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Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is best known for its important, representative collection of work by nineteenth-century British artists, particularly the Pre-Raphaelites. This is a reflection of its history: the nucleus of the collection came from the Royal Manchester Institution which showed a preference for acquiring contemporary art that continued when it became the City Art Gallery in 1883. The Bradford collector, Charles Rutherston, presented his modern art collection to the Gallery in 1925 and significant contemporary works were acquired during both World Wars, resulting in one of the most important war art collections outside London. Since 1945, the holdings of eighteenth century British art have been strengthened with the purchase of paintings by, amongst others, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and George Stubbs. In 1979, the European Old Masters collection was transformed by the Assheton Bennett bequest of almost a hundred paintings, mainly by seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish artists. Today the collection includes over 2,000 oil paintings, plus related studies and archival material, and there is a renewed focus on collecting contemporary art.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 3JL England

0161 235 8888

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  • 06 April 2020

    OK, we're going live! Art Bites online is the first in a series of online events based on our everyday programme. Join Meg and and a volunteer for 30 minutes of free-flowing discussion about 2 works of art. If you'd like to join - contact Meg:

    Rebecca Milner

  • Sonia Boyce
  • Speech Acts
  • Speech Acts
  • Speech Acts
  • Vandalised 'Rokeby Venus', 1914
    Fighting for representation

    Victoria Ibbett

  • Emma Dabiri and Bendor Grosvenor with a possible Titian at Petworth House
  • Eve
  • An art print of 'Female Nude' by Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920)
    The art of shopping

    Camilla Stewart

  • Dave Brunn, Museum Technician, and Peter Ogilvie, Collections Manager, unpacking a transit frame