The Visual Art Collection comprises mainly British and European works from the 16th century to the present day. Its Modern British Collection is one of the most important in the country outside London, containing works by key 20th century artists including L S Lowry, Henry Moore, Vanessa Bell, Stanley Spencer, David Bomberg, Gwen John, Frank Auerbach and Paul Nash. The collection also includes contemporary art works by significant British artists such as Sutapa Biswas, Hew Locke, Marc Quinn and Sam Taylor-Wood. Highlights of the European Collection include work by Paul Cezanne, Camille Pissarro and Pierre Bonnard while the 18th and 19th centuries are illustrated through the works of JMW Turner, David Roberts and painters such as Edward Coley Burne-Jones and John Brett. While the oldest paintings in the collection are by 16th and 17th century Old Masters, including Daniel Mytens, Luis de Morales, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Giulio Cesare Procaccini. The Graves Gallery displays the highlights of the Visual Art Collection, while other works are also on display at Weston Park Museum.

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