The Art Collection consists of over 600 works, 270 of which are watercolours.
The Heritage Service collection 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.
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.
Within the art collection sits the Brill Collection, consisting of over 130 works. The collection was the initiative of Reginald Brill, Head of Kingston College of Art 1934-1962. Staff and students of the college, now Kingston School of Art, recorded buildings and sites at risk of redevelopment between 1954 and 1971. These paintings and drawings were acquired for the Heritage Service’s collection and raised the profile of Kingston’s historic built environment. In 1997, the scheme was relaunched, and the Friends of Kingston Museum and History Centre generously fund the acquisition of three Brill artworks annually.