Our art collection was founded in 1883 with Richard Newsham’s bequest to Preston of his remarkable Victorian art collection.
The Harris’ fine art collection includes oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture and books, from the 12th century to the present day.
The museum received a steady stream of gifts from the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 onwards. From the early 20th century to the late 1960s, the Preston Corporation made an annual purchases for the collection from the Royal Academy. Since 1985, the Harris has acquired works by contemporary British artists through funding from Preston City Council, the Friends of the Harris, the Contemporary Art Society, the Art Fund, Arts Council England, the DCMS/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Granada Foundation.
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This collection is open all year round, however if you would like to check a certain piece is on display, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This collection is located on the 2nd floor Fine Art gallery.
This collection is free to visit
Title: Manchester (09/08/2011)
Object number: 2015.379
Artist: Ana Rosa Hopkins
Title: NS-02 Forms in Succession
Object number: 2013.21
Artist: Shigekazu Nagae
Title: View of Penwortham from Preston
Object number: PRSMG: P1618
Object number: PRSMG: 2011.88
Artist: Richard Dadd
Title: The Semiotics of the Kitchen
Object number: PRSMG: 2015.1.3
Artist: Mel Brimfield
Title: Adam and Eve (the fall of Man)
Object number: PR275
Artist: Albrecht Durer Engraver. Johannes Ladenspelder
Title: Andromache Fainting at the Unexpected Sight of Aeneas on his Arrival at Epirus
Object number: P347
Artist: Angelica Kauffmann, 1741-1807
Title: Kidwelly Castle, South Wales
Artist: JMW Turner, 1775-1851
Title: The Rev. Streynsham Master and his Wife, Margaret, of Croston, Lancashire
Artist: Anthony Devis
Title: Channel and Breakwater
Artist: Paul Nash
Title: In the Bey’s Garden
Artist: John Frederick Lewis
Title: Pauline in the Yellow Dress
Artist: Sir James Gunn
Title: A Meteorite Lands in Epping Forest
Object number: PR11480
Artist: Cornelia Parker
Object number: 2018.17.1
Artist: Rebecca Chesney
In 2018 Rebecca was invited to spend time in the Harris Museum archive to discover any objects in the collection connected to the theme of dandelions. The exhibition comprised objects from the artist’s Dandelion Archive and items from the Harris collection they were placed in sixteen different locations within the museum's displays and galleries for visitors to find.
Although seen by many as a weed, dandelions are a symbol of hope in folklore, and have fond associations with traditions like making wishes and telling the time.
The Dandelion Archive is an ongoing project where the artist explores the dandelion’s symbolism, and how it is represented in cultural collections of prints, textiles and ceramics.
Title: The distance travelled through our solar system this year and all the barrels of oil remaining
Object number: PRSMG : 2012.119
Artist: Thomson and Craighead