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The Art Galleries

The Art Galleries

The permanent collections on display in the art galleries at Norwich Castle include works spanning from the 17th to the 20th century.

Norwich Castle possesses the world’s largest collection of works by artists of the Norwich School, a collective of three generations that included famous names such as John Crome, and John Sell Cotman. The group lived and worked in Norfolk and found inspiration in its broad skies, flat countryside and varied coastline.

Many of these works were bequeathed to the castle by Norwich mustard magnate Jeremiah James Colman and his son Russell James Colman.

Other artists featured include Sir Alfred Munnings, Thomas Gainsborough, William Hogarth and the Dutch school.

Not to be missed is the soaring oil on canvas of the Tower of Babel by Tobias Verhaecht and the magnificent 17th century painting of the Paston Treasure, commissioned to display a family’s extravagant collection.

The Timothy Gurney Gallery, named in memory of a young Norfolk artist, houses a changing display including a regular selection from the Castle’s permanent collection of contemporary and modern art.

The Norwich Union and Bernard Matthews exhibition galleries host a lively and varied programme of shows, often of fine art. They have played host to works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Titian, Constable and Picasso, amongst many others.

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The watercolour gallery is amazing, the colours are so fresh. For someone living in Manchester I did not realise what an extensive collection of pictures you have.