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Fine Art Collection


Guernsey's beauty has long attracted painters and artists to create works depicting both island life and landscapes.

Our art collection is particularly rich in coastal landscapes and works which reflect the seafaring tradition of Guernsey.

The foundation of the art collection deviates from this theme however, consisting of a number of 17th and 18th Century European paintings bequeathed to the States of Guernsey by the retired diplomat Wilfred Carey on his death in 1929.

The Bailiwick has been a popular location from many visiting artists, particularly throughout the 19th century, resulting in a fine collection of works from this period. Watercolour drawing was very popular with both professional and amateur artists at this time, evident through the Museum's fine collection of 19th century watercolours.

The Bailiwick's past is also reflected in the portraits it holds, ranging from well known local Military and Naval heroes to the ordinary man or woman about their daily business.

Public access to the collection is available at both Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery and Castle Cornet. The Museum displays a selection of works which reflect the collection as a whole, located in the Rona Cole Gallery. Art hung at the Castle relates specifically to the Castle or maritime subjects.

We are currently working to produce a comprehensive on-line catalogue of the collection, but in the meantime you can search much of our art collection on the Art UK website.

You are also able to buy copies of some of our finest artworks by using the Prints Online facility below.