Art Gallery and Museum
Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum - Collections Displays - March 2020
The Art UK website displays 417 of Towneley's artworks. On March 19th, ArtUK wrote encouraging museums, at this challenging time, to maintain their relationships with the public through digital means. These web pages are Towneley's own contribution, displaying over 3,000 additional objects from Towneley's fine and decorative arts collections.
You can now also create your own exhibition by selecting individual objects from these pages and adding your own labels, see My Exhibition and Other Exhibitions.
More than half of Towneley's sculpture and oil paintings are normally on public display but over 1,000 watercolours and book illustrations in the permanent collections are kept in store. Whilst parts of the collection are regularly displayed, care is taken not display any individual painting too often in order to preserve them from fading.
Prints were some of the earliest additions to the collections with over 100 Landseer prints donated in 1905 but by 1920 the prints were considered unfashionable and were loaned out to local schools. Many were damaged but 61 are still in the collection. A set of prints given for the benefit of art students of Burnley Mechanics Institute by art critic P G Hamerton in 1893 were eventually tranfered to Towneley in 1986. Otherwise most of the prints related to local history and a small number of topographical prints are displayed here.
The ceramics collections contains well over a thousand items. The earliest were around 30 pieces of Pilkington's lustre ware donated in 1913. The first purchase, in 1936, was of 68 pieces of Chinese pottery. Many of the individual cups and saucers and plates donated in the fifty years between 1930 and 1980 commemorated local events. A major bequest of over 160 items of Pilkington Royal Lancastrian pottery in 1984 was followed by the purchase of around 100 items of studio pottery in the period 1986 to 1994. The most recent major addition was the gift of a large collection of domestic Staffordshire ceramics in 2006.
Other collections on display
animal heads and horns, treated as furnishing rather than natural history.
furniture collection :
glass collection :
ivories collection :
silver, silver-plate and spoons collection :
watches collection :
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