Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is a free-to-view municipally-owned public art gallery in Manchester City Centre in the North West of England.

(1877) Sappho]] - The Picnic (1908)]]The Gallery was extended by Hopkins Architects in May 2002 to take in the old Atheneaum building next door, and now occupies three buildings. One building is the Grade I listed building that was originally the Royal Manchester Institution designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1824.

The gallery houses the civic art collection of Manchester. As well as art of international significance, there are many works specifically related to Manchester (especially in the CIS-sponsored Manchester Room).

One very significant collection in the gallery is of works by Pierre Adolphe Valette. Valette was a French impressionist who painted and taught in Manchester in the early years of the C20th. Valette's reputation is growing, and in the Manchester Art Gallery it is not difficult to see the immediate appeal of the impressionist scenes of foggy Manchester streets and canals. A Cézanne hangs in the same room, and it is quite a shock to see the similarity in treatment and subject between Cézanne's misty French river bridge and a particular river bridge in the pre-Clean Air Act Mancunian fog. One very important fact about Valette is that Lowry was one of his pupils: the influence on Lowry of impressionism, via Valette, is immediately obvious here, where pictures by the two artists hang together.

The museum also houses The Picnic (1908), an important work by the British Impressionist painter Wynford Dewhurst, who was born in Manchester.

As well as its paitings, the museum holds important collections of glass, silverware and furniture, including two important pieces by the Victorian art-architect William Burges (architect).

Collection Highlights


Dutch SchoolLudolf Backhuysen 1 painting

  • Borch, Gerard ter - 2 paintings;Quirin Brekelenkam 2 paintings
  • Cuyp, Aelbert - 2 paintings;
  • Dou, Gerrit - 1 painting;Jan de Heem 1 painting
  • Hobbema, Meyndert - 1 painting;
  • Hooch, Pieter de - 2 paintings;Jacob Ochtervelt 2 paintings
  • Ostade, Adriaen van - 1 painting;
  • Ruysdael, Salomon van - 2 paintings;
  • Snyders, Frans - 1 painting;
  • Steen, Jan - 1 painting;
  • Velde, Adriaen van de - 1 painting;
  • Velde, Willem van de...the Younger - 2 paintings;

English School

  • Constable, John - 1 painting;
  • Beechey, William - 2 paintings;
  • Gainsborough, Thomas - 10 paintings;
  • Hogarth, William - 2 paintings;
  • Kneller, Sir Godfrey - 1 paintings;
  • Landseer, Sir Edwin - 3 paintings;
  • Lawrence, Thomas - 1 painting;
  • Lely, Peter - 1 painting;
  • Reynolds, Joshua - 4 paintings;
  • Stubbs, George - 1 paintings;
  • J.M.W. Turner - 1 painting;

Flemish School

  • Frans Francken the Younger - 1 painting;
  • Teniers, David - 3 paintings;

French School

  • Corot, Jean-Baptiste Camille - 2 painting;
  • Degas, Edgar - 1 painting;
  • Dughet, Gaspard - 1 painting;
  • Gauguin, Eugène Henri Paul - 1 painting;
  • Gellée, Claude - 1 painting;Camille Pissarro 1 painting
  • Renoir, Pierre Auguste - 1 painting;
  • Vernet, Claude-Joseph - 1 painting;

German School

  • Zoffany, Johan - 1 painting;

Italian School

  • Daddi, Bernardo - 1 painting;Luca Giordano 1 painting
  • Reni, Guido - 1 painting;
  • Turchi, Alessandro - 1 painting;
  • Zuccarelli, Francesco - 1 painting;

See also

  • Grade I listed buildings in Greater Manchester
  • Grade II* listed buildings in Greater Manchester



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Fashion Rider
19 January 2015
Manchester Art Gallery is a publicly owned art gallery in Manchester city centre. Situated on Mosley Street, it was formerly known as Manchester City Art Gallery.
Visit Manchester
14 December 2012
If you looking for somewhere to escape the crowds of shoppers pop into Manchester Art Gallery to see The First Cut exhibition – the gallery’s most popular exhibition to date.
Andy Marshall
18 January 2013
A hidden art print was left at Manchester Art Gallery. It was a photo of the beautiful ceiling detail in the Craft and Design Gallery
2 June 2023
A calm and quiet day in Manchester, the Gallery offers a nice break from the streets with some interesting art.
Brian F Kirkham
7 January 2014
Well worth a visit - home to some brilliant paintings - and just off the town hall....brilliant collections
Gökmen Aksüzek
29 July 2017
Kentin en önemli sergi alanı. Giriş ücreti alınmıyor. Giriş katında güncel sergiler varken, üst kat galerilerde klasik eserler görülebilir.
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