Southampton City Art Gallery holds one of the finest collections of art in the south of England, and has holds Designated Outstanding status by Arts Council England. Currently comprising over 5,000 works and spanning eight centuries, the collection is an outstanding educational resource that can trace the history of European art from the Renaissance to the present. The core, however, is British twentieth century and contemporary art.
Strong clusters of this element include Post-Impressionism (Camden Town Group), Surrealism, St Ives, and progressive contemporary (Turner Prize) from the mid-1970s. Notable works include Allegretto di Nuzio’s ‘Coronation of the Virgin’, Guiseppe Arcimboldo’s ‘Summer’, J. M. W. Turner’s ‘Fishermen upon a Lee Shore in Squally Weather’, Claude Monet’s ‘The Church at Vétheuil’, Edward Burne-Jones’s ‘The Perseus Series’, Walter Sickert’s ‘The Juvenile Lead’, Paul Delvaux’s ‘A Siren in Full Moonlight’ and Chris Ofili’s ‘Two Doo Voodoo’.
Blackout 13 by Dan Holdsworth
Two Doo Voodoo by Chris Ofili
Fishermen upon a Lee Shore in Squally Weather by Joseph Mallord William Turner
A Siren in Full Moonlight by Paul Delvaux
You can purchase licences and prints of many items in our collection through our partnership with Bridgeman Images. Use the links below to find out more.
Founded in 1972, Bridgeman Images works with museums, galleries, collections and artists to provide a central resource of fine art and archive footage for reproduction to creative professionals. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections.
Art gallery library and records
We maintain history files relating to all artists whose works are in the permanent collection as well as a small library containing related monographs, publications and exhibition catalogues. These records are made accessible to the general public through a supervised appointment scheme and are also accessible to staff and freelance workers involved in the interpretation of the collection. For more information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 023 8083 4563.
We have a slide library containing some 20,000 images. Slides cover all types and styles of art of all periods and includes slides of works in the permanent collection. The slides can be borrowed by members of the public for renewable one month periods free of charge. The service is run on an appointment only basis by a volunteer. For more information please send an email to email@example.com or telephone 023 8083 4563.