The fine art collection consists of more than 16,000 paintings, sketches and prints which, for the most part, were created for aesthetic purposes. The collection illustrates the character and development of the county, principally from the 18th century to the present day.

  • 'Kind Alfred and the Danes', by A. Donaldson, dated around 1890
  • 'Binsted Oast Houses', painted by W.H. Allen, around 1900
  • 'Royal Yacht leaving Portsmouth Harbour' by John Cleveley. Painted in the mid 18th century.
  • A drawing of the Kings House, Winchester, by James Cave, dated 1798
  • Hayling Billy Steam Train on Hayling Island, by Mike Codd, painted around 1960
  • Oil Painting of Mr William Curtis of Alton by an unknown artist. Painted around 1847
  • 'West Front of Winchester Cathedral', by G. Prosser, dated 1849

Objects from our fine art collection are on display across the county in our museums. We also make the collection housed in our museum stores accessible by appointment. Our online database shows a selection of objects some, of which aren’t ordinarily on permanent display.