See a treat around every corner!
The fine art collection at the Cooper Gallery includes works by British and European artists from the 17th to 21st centuries. Vibrant paintings by Vanessa Bell and Prunella Clough are accompanied by the beautiful drawings of John Ruskin, JMW Turner and Thomas Girtin. Expansive landscapes and seascapes contrast with portraits of royalty and views of people working the land.
We are very proud to share excellent works by several Barnsley artists in the collection, from Victorians Abel Hold and Madeline Moore to more recent works by Malcolm Whittaker and John Kenneth Long.
We’ve chosen a selection of themes and artworks below for you to enjoy. If you’d like to see more of the collection please visit explorebarnsleycollections.com
Portraits come in all types of media and are created for different reasons ...
By Sea and River
The majority of marine and river views in the collection came as part of the original Cooper bequest in 1913.
All Kinds of Conversations
Interactions between people form some of the most interesting paintings and drawings in the collection.
Palaces to Bridges
Architectural painting developed into an artform in Western art in the 16th century.
Capturing the Landscape
Today landscape painting is an accepted, plentiful and admired form of art.
Drawing and Sketching
In the 1920s and 1930s, the Cooper Gallery received several gifts of drawings and paintings from the collector Sir Michael Ernest Sadler.