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Our collection

A collection of collections

Our collection traces the history of Modern British art but that's only part of the story...

Each group of works has been formed by different collectors and different impulses. and lends its own character to the collection, making the experience of Pallant House Gallery engaging, insightful and unique.

Each group of works has been formed by different collectors who all had different impulses and interests. These collections each have their own character, revealing different stories and insights into not just Modern British art but Britain as a whole.

The collection is a revelation.

Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times

Our founding collections

Discover the artworks and collectors which began our story.

Filling in the gaps

Our founding collections set the scene but these collections have helped us tell the wider story of British art.

 

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Contemporary collections

To keep telling the story of Modern British art from 1900 to now, we need to continue collecting works by living artists – and these collections are helping us do just that.

 

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Library and Archive

Complementing our collection is our Library and Archive, a research resource focusing on British modern and contemporary art and artists.

The Library has around 19,000 volumes, including artists’ biographies and monographs, and books on painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and art history. It includes a collection of over 8,000 exhibition catalogues, Artists’ Files of press cuttings and ephemera, and a Special Collection of rare publications and periodicals.

The Archive contains unique material in the form of correspondence, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, notebooks and photographs. As well recording the history and development of Pallant House Gallery, the Archive also includes material from collectors Walter Hussey, Colin St John Wilson, Charles Kearley and George Dannatt; and artists Hans Feibusch, Paul Nash, R.B.Kitaj and Kit Barker.

Use of the Library is by appointment, but visitors to the Gallery are welcome in the Reading Room, where there is a small art reference collection, including the Gallery’s exhibitions catalogues. The Reading Room is open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm

Works on paper held in the De’Longhi Print Room are also available to view by special appointment.

Want to find out more? Email us or call +44 (0) 1243 770829.