The York Art Gallery has impressive collections of paintings, decorative arts, studio pottery and works on paper. Our collection of 1,000 paintings is exceptional for its range in covering the history of Western European painting. We have continental paintings from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Strengths include gold-ground panels from 14th century Italy, painted as part of church altarpieces, 17th century Dutch morality paintings, and 19th century French painting by artists working before and at the same time as the Impressionists. Our British paintings, dating from Elizabethan times to the present day, include a particularly good collection of 17th and 18th century portraits, a group of Victorian narrative paintings, and early 20th century paintings by the artists of the Camden Town Group working around Walter Sickert. The collection also includes works by York artist William Etty and York-born Victorian artist Albert Moore. Our Decorative Arts collection of more than 3,000 pieces contains a wide variety of ceramics, glassware and other items. The substantial collection of ceramics from Yorkshire potteries, dating from the 1600s until the 1900s, includes Rockingham, Creamware, Delft Ware and items from Yorkshire country potteries. Most of these pieces are domestic items such as teapots and sets, dinner services and tableware. Our ceramics collection also includes tiles, drug jars, Toby jugs and other novelty items. We also have a large collection of Chinese and Korean pottery, dating from 1700 until 1900, mostly consisting of plates, bowls and vases. A large number of 18th and 19th century glasses, pewter, copper, silverware and clocks from York makers complete this fascinating collection.
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