One secret of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery is the collection of 200 oil paintings. There is the Shakespearean-inspired portrait 'Bianca' by William Holman Hunt, contrasting with the gritty 'The Furnace Man' by Stanley Spencer. The Camden Town Group is also a big presence with works by Harold Gilman, Spencer Gore, Charles Ginner, Lucien Pissarro and Walter Sickert.
The fine art collection at Worthing Museum and Art Gallery began when the museum was opened in 1908 and has watercolours, oil paintings, prints and drawings. Oil paintings of landscapes, portraits and local views feature strongly. Many paintings show a Sussex subject or are painted by an artist with a Sussex association. See for example 'Spring Morning, Sussex Downs' by Dorothea Sharp.
The fine art collection has been built up with bequests, donations and purchases. The aim now is to develop missing themes, such as contemporary art, and to promote public awareness of the fine art collection.