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Works on paper

Landscape watercolour painting

Detail of 'The Doge's Palace, Venice' by JMW Turner

The Walker Art Gallery has a large and varied collection of around 8000 fine art works on paper.

The collection spans the early Medieval and Renaissance period to the present day and features works of international significance including watercolours, prints, drawings and photographs.

Highlights of the collection include the Weld-Blundell collection of Old Master drawings and the Walker’s world famous pre-Raphaelite watercolours and drawings. More recently, the collection has grown with acquisitions of work by contemporary artists including Paula Rego (born 1935) and Helen Chadwick (1953 -1996). 


Our curators are also working on a project called 'Watermark', gradually adding all of the works on paper collections to an online gallery. Currently you can explore the landscape artists collection which is now online.

Collection highlights

Title: Durham
Artist: Alfred William Hunt
Date: probably 1881

Title: Concerning Marriages No.6
Artist: Allen Jones
Date: 1964

Title: Study for Love and Beatrice in 'Dante's Dream'
Artist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date: around 1871

Title: On the Nile and Gezier el Azerat
Artist: Edward Lear
Date: 16 January 1854

Title: A Monstrous Animal and a Peasant
Artist: Giovanni Francesco Barbieri known as Guercino
Date: between 1620 and 1630

Title: The Doge's Palace, Venice
Artist: Joseph Mallord William Turner
Date: 1840

Title: Occasional Table
Artist: Patrick Caulfield
Date: 1972

Title: The Chronicle Rolls - Genealogy of Christ, with Chronicle of Popes and Emperors
Artist: Peter of Poitiers
Date: 13th century

Title: The Piazza San Marco, Venice
Artist: Walter Richard Sickert
Date: unknown or unrecorded