Our Collection

19th Century British Painting

Southampton has a strong collection of 19th century British painting ranging from a dramatic seascape made by Turner at the beginning of the century to a sophisticated society portrait painted by Sargent some 80 years later. In between there are rural landscapes, extravagant scenes of legend and the imagination and the cosy genre paintings popular with Victorian audiences. Perhaps most significant are works by artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood whose revolutionary ideas had a lasting influence on Victorian art.