Southampton’s first municipal museum, Tudor House, was opened in 1912 and collected works of art, particularly paintings, prints and drawings from the outset.
The Collection concentrates on Southampton related works, which can primarily be divided into three categories: portraits of local people, paintings of ships that have had connections with our port, no matter what company or nationality; and topographical pictures. They span in date from the 16th/17th century portrait 'Nicholas Fuller', to a painting of the 'Queen Mary' (1960) and a modern portrait of 'Isaac Watts' (1974).
There are many significant works in the museum collections. The marine art includes works by Antonio Jacobsen and J. Dixon; 20th century and topographical pictures of the 18th and early 19th centuries by Tobias Young and T.G. Hart.
Southampton has pioneered the collection of material that reflects life on board the great passenger ships and its collection of murals includes works of art by well-known artists such as Anna Zinkeisen, Jan Juta and Norman Wilkinson.
Most of the works have kindly been donated, but a few notable examples have been obtained with the assistance of grant-aid bodies, and this has enabled the Collection to expand and develop.
Unit 31, City Industrial Park, Southern Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1HG England
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