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Friday, February 17, 2012

Holburne Museum of Art in Bath

The building housing the Holburne Museum in Bath was designed by Charles Harcourt Masters and built in Bath stone between 1795–6 as the Sydney Hotel. The building was intended as a social gathering place rather than as a hotel in the modern sense. During the years 1913–16, the building was converted by the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield to become the Holburne Museum. The Holburne Museum has recently added a contemporarily styled extension.

Most of the current collection of the Holburne Museum of Art was formed by Sir Thomas William Holburne (1793-1874). In 1882, this collection of over 4,000 objects was bequeathed to the people of Bath by Holburne’s sister, Mary Anne Barbara Holburne (1802-1882). From the beginning, the collection was intended as “the nucleus of a Museum of Art for the city of Bath”. Since opening to the public in 1893, the Holburne Museum of Art has acquired a further 2,500 objects.

The Holburne Museum of Art's collection boasts a strong selection of English 18th century portraits, including five by Thomas Gainsborough. Gainsborough spent 16 years working in Bath before moving to London.

The Holburne Museum of Art is in Sydney Pleasure Gardens, Sydney Place, in Bath. The Grade I listed building is at one end of Great Pulteney Street opposite Pulteney Bridge. Admission is free. Visitors to the Holburne Museum may also want to visit the nearby Dundas Aqueduct or ride on a Pulteney Cruiser down the River Avon.

The Holburne Museum
Great Pulteney Street
Bath, BA2 4DB
Tel: 01225 388569

The Holburne Museum map

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Victoria Art Gallery in Bath

The Victoria Art Gallery is free public art museum in Bath. The museum is housed in a building designed in 1897 by John McKean Brydon which is a Grade II listed building. On the exterior of the building, there is a statue of Queen Victoria by A. C. Lucchesi.

The Gallery commemorates Queen Victoria's sixty years on the throne. The Victoria Art Gallery is run by the Bath and North East Somerset council and displays their collection of sculpture, paintings and other art forms.

The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath exhibits over 1,500 decorative arts treasures including British oil paintings from the 17th century to today. The exhibit includes works by Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Jones Barker and Walter Sickert.

The displays at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath occupy two floors. The permanent collection is housed in two rooms on the first floor, and the ground floor accomodates two temporary exhibition spaces which change every 2-3 months.

The Victoria Art Gallery is located in the centre of Bath, just across the street from the well-known Pulteney Bridge which spans the River Avon. Visitors to the Victoria Art Gallery may also want to linger in the nearby Podium shopping centre.

The Victoria Art Gallery
Bridge Street
Tel: 01225 477233

The Victoria Art Gallery map

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