Warrington has a long established artistic tradition. The town’s School of Art, initially housed within the museum building between 1857 and 1884, was one of the finest in the country, with its students achieving more scholarships than most other art schools of the time. As a result the collection features the work of several nationally renowned Royal Academician artists who learned their trade in Warrington. Principal amongst these are the sculptor John Warrington Woods
, whose epic St Michael Overcoming Satan
(1874-7) adorns the entrance hall, and the painters Henry Woods
and Sir Luke Fildes
, who were regarded as leaders of the Neo-Venetian school. The museum also has a number of paintings by internationally renowned artists such as Jan Van Os
, Sir Frank Brangwyn
and L.S. Lowry
that are displayed frequently.
Framed and unframed reproductions of works from the museum’s art collection can be purchased online through the Bridgeman Art On Demand website. Framed and unframed prints and canvasses can be purchased as well as greetings cards, postcards and mugs.
The museum’s collection of oil paintings can also be viewed for free on the BBC Your Paintings website as part of a joint initiative with the Public Catalogue Foundation.
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