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European galleries

Lord Frederic Leighton Cymon and Iphigenia 1884 (detail)

Within our magnificent Grand Courts, you’ll find key names in art history.

Our galleries of 19th- and 20th-century European art includes a special presentation of figurative paintings by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Chaïm Soutine and Amedeo Modigliani on loan from the Lewis Collection. These are shown alongside works from the Gallery’s collection, including ones by Vincent van Gogh and Pierre Bonnard.

In other rooms you’ll find luminaries such Paul Cézanne, Claude Lorrain, John Constable, Eugène Delacroix and Edward Burne-Jones. There are fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian art, including a selection of sculpture and major works by Lord Frederic Leighton and Sir Edward John Poynter. Many of the works date from the earliest days of the Gallery, including the first European painting to enter our collection, Ford Madox Brown’s magnificent Chaucer at the court of Edward III 1847–51.

Down a marble staircase, you’ll find a superb display of 18th-century European porcelain from the Kenneth Reed Collection.

Note: Some key works usually found in the European galleries are currently not on display while these spaces host the exhibition Victorian watercolours. A selection of these works is being lent to the Hazelhurst Gallery for display in the exhibition European old masters from the 16th-19th century.

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Note: although this information is regularly updated, specific works on display may change without notice.

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19th & 20th c European art
19th c European art
15th–19th c European art
18th c European porcelain