A painting from the Brill collection


The Art Collection consists of over 600 works, 270 of which are watercolours.

Within this sits the Brill Collection of artworks. Reginald Brill, Head of Kingston School of Art, had the idea of capturing images of buildings or sites likely to be demolished or altered. The annual Brill Competition ran from 1955 to 1971, acquiring paintings for the collection by a range of artists showing the changing face of Kingston. The competition was relaunched by the Friends of Kingston Museum in 1997 and continues to be an annual event. 

The collection also holds 80 oil paintings, 100 drawings and 90 local history prints. There is only space to display a small number of these, such as a series of paintings of Kingston Bridge by Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), best known for his satirical cartoons.

For more information on Kingston Museum's art collection or the Brill Competition, please email We are currently working on cataloguing our collection, which we hope to share with you soon. For now you can view Kingston Museum's oil paintings on Art UK.