The gallery spaces show a diverse and fascinating collection of paintings and works on paper from the 14th to the 19th centuries, with notable pieces by Thomas Rowlandson, John Varley, Thomas Girtin and JMW Turner.
There is a good collection of 17th and 18th-century British portraits, a group of Victorian narrative paintings and early 20th-century paintings by artists of the Camden Town Group who had worked around Walter Sickert. The gallery is also home to an archive of the work of William Etty and houses contemporary works on paper, with notable pieces by Edward Burra, John Piper and Julian Trevelyan.
York holds an important collection of 20th-century studio pottery (see Art Trails p.181) with more than 4,000 items. This collection includes works by leading applied artists including Bernard Leach, Shoji Hamada, William Staite Murray, Michael Cardew, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Mick Casson. York has an active programme of temporary exhibitions shown in relation to the display of its permanent collection.
A statue of Wiliam Etty, York’s most famous Victorian artist, stands to welcome you in front of York Art Gallery’s grand façade. Make sure you don’t miss the wonderful collection of studio pottery, it’s one of the best in the country.