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National Museums NI’s art collections include fine and applied art (decorative art) of national and international significance. We hold more than 15,000 historical and contemporary artworks. This includes painting, sculpture, works on paper, glass, ceramics, silver and metalwork, jewellery, furniture, costume, and textiles.

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Rainy Day (1971)

Rainy Day (1971)

2 part sculpture...

Cuckoo and Chiffchaffs (1964)

Cuckoo and Chiffchaffs (1964)

production method :watercolour...

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

production method :pencil...

The Dawn of Womanhood (1918)

The Dawn of Womanhood (1918)

Inscribed \'F. Wiles Sculpt. Larne 1918\' Exhibited at Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, 1918 Purchased by Ulster Museum 1931 purchased from ...

'The Olympia', Dublin (c.1935-36)

'The Olympia', Dublin (c.1935-36)

During the 1930s Maurice MacGonigal painted a series of urban subjects quite different in spirit from the clear and lucid landscapes of the west of Ir...

Ecce Homo (1915)

Ecce Homo (1915)

Rosandić, one of the most eminent Yugoslavian sculptors of his day, worked in stone, wood, bronze and other materials. Virtually self-taught except fo...

Black Sun (1967)

Black Sun (1967)

This is a unique cast made from the original of this piece which was carved in black tamba granite. The surface of the bronze has been lacquered in or...

Robin (1972)

Robin (1972)

production method :pencil...

Tisch (1963)

Tisch (1963)

Uecker studied in Weimar, then in East Germany, 1949-53, and from 1953 to 1955 attended the Art Academy in Dusseldorf, where he now lives. He was co-f...

Black-tails Alighting

Black-tails Alighting

production method :watercolour...

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

production method :scraperboard...

Common Seals in a Bay (1970)

Common Seals in a Bay (1970)

production method :oil...

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

production method :watercolour...

Gyrfalcon

Gyrfalcon

production method :pencil...

Return to Rathlin

Return to Rathlin

production method :watercolour...

Gyrfalcon

Gyrfalcon

production method :watercolour...

Heron Sunning Itself

Heron Sunning Itself

production method :watercolour...

King Eiders (1965)

King Eiders (1965)

production method :watercolour...

Head of Joan Greenwood

Head of Joan Greenwood

Epstein's modelled portrait sculpture generally aroused much more sympathy that his public stone carving, often of Biblical subjects, which were savag...

Magpie (1966)

Magpie (1966)

production method :watercolour...

Orang Study Sheet (1971)

Orang Study Sheet (1971)

production method :watercolour...

Skull - Bianco e Vermiglio (1994)

Skull - Bianco e Vermiglio (1994)

This still-life is a thought-provoking image, executed with extreme realism. The artist has said of the painting, 'The title 'bianco e vermiglio' is t...

African Fish Eagle

African Fish Eagle

production method :watercolour...

Give Me to Drink (1949)

Give Me to Drink (1949)

During the late 1940s, Middleton painted a number of works with Biblical themes, of which this is a prime example. Executed with an Expressionist use ...

The Fairy Fountain (c1900 - 1)

The Fairy Fountain (c1900 - 1)

This piece, like 'The Philospher', shows Praeger at her best. As with the bulk of her work, the sculpture is sentimental in feeling. Plaster casts of ...

Dispersal : On Black (1967)

Dispersal : On Black (1967)

Mary Martin was one of the most influential constructivist artists of her generation in England. In much of her work, she took her inspiration from th...

Redwing on Nest in Iceland (1955)

Redwing on Nest in Iceland (1955)

production method :scraperboard...

Landscape with Moose (1980)

Landscape with Moose (1980)

Arthur Boyd is one of a number of Australian artists who, on coming to Britain after the war, proved a major influence on the development of recent Br...

Whitethroat (1966)

Whitethroat (1966)

production method :watercolour...

Lynx

Lynx

production method :crayon...

Ahmed (1932) (Doris Ahmed)

Ahmed (1932) (Doris Ahmed)

Sir Jacob Epstein was a monumental and portrait sculptor. He was born on 10 November, 1880, in New York, of polish-Jewish parents. He studied art at t...

Creature (1983)

Creature (1983)

Dhruva Mistry was born in India. Much of his work of the last few years has been concerned, as here, with the idea of hybrids of man and beast to sugg...

Grebe Family

Grebe Family

production method :watercolour...

Still Life (1992)

Still Life (1992)

framed and glazed...

Untitled (1959)

Untitled (1959)

Whites marks a point in Scott’s career when his painting assumed a high degree of abstraction. The work has a powerful sense of formality and restrai...

Pouring vessel

Pouring vessel

Plain black glazed pouring vessel with white rim and single handle to one side. Simple pulled pouring lip and throwing rings are visible on sides. LR ...

A Man Of The Hills (1910-1913)

A Man Of The Hills (1910-1913)

This tiny panel dates from Paul Henry's early years among the peasants of Achill Island. He shared Jack B Yeats's admiration for the western peasants'...

OhneTitel (1993)

OhneTitel (1993)

Wolfgang Troschke lives and works in Münster and Cologne, Germany. He is one of the best known artists of his generation working in the new Expression...

Mrs. Glen Hamilton (1946)

Mrs. Glen Hamilton (1946)

German born artist, worked in Belfast...

Erin Awakening from her Slumbers

Erin Awakening from her Slumbers

female figure, unglazed, standing draped. Harp and cross and some details of drapery glazed. "Belleek Pottery" on stand...

Chez les Sinclair (c.1956)

Chez les Sinclair (c.1956)

Basil Rakoczi was born in England. His father was Hungarian and his mother Irish. Self-taught as a painter, he spent the 1930s moving between London a...

The Fate of the Children of Lir

The Fate of the Children of Lir

Eight beaded stained glass panels. Fitted into iron window frame....

Abstract in Black, White and Indigo (Floating World) (1960 - 1)

Abstract in Black, White and Indigo (Floating World) (1960 - 1)

Though he started as a figurative painter, by the time this was made in the early 1960s Pasmore was well-established as an abstractionist and a maker ...

Flask with stopper

Flask with stopper

Belleek flask with stopper, enamelled with rose, shamrock, thistle, Star of David and monogram, no mark....

BOWL; Ceramic bowl

BOWL; Ceramic bowl

Cream body. Body, nautilus shell, feet, whelks. Green edging...

mug

mug

transfer, flowers, white ground. Pink background, white petals...

Teapot and lid

Teapot and lid

'Bamboo' design teapot in plain cream. Overall shape made from short cut lengths of bamboo....

Portrait of Rachel

Portrait of Rachel

Sitter was artist's wife...

Placid Vases

Placid Vases

Three free-blown glass sculptures, one clear, one olive green and one brown. Balloon-shaped, coloured, hollow vessels on cone-shaped, clear bases. T...

Shadow

Shadow

A solid glass panel is held upright in a metal stand. The glass has been cast using the thermocollage technique with various coloured oxides added to...

Teapot and lid

Teapot and lid

A porcelain teapot and lid, white and grey dry body with pinprick design of leaves all over body and lid. Has six feet that form branches extending up...

Mist, 2005

Mist, 2005

From the series Invisible Cities, Edition of 6 Lightjet print on fuji crystal paper mounted on aluminium...

Head (1938)

Head (1938)

Colin Middleton, one of Ulster's best-known painters, began his career as a damask designer and studied part-time at Belfast College of Art. During th...

Connolly's Chair (1992)

Connolly's Chair (1992)

Micky Donnelly has been amongst the most serious exponents of contemporary Irish painting exploring the imagery of "The Troubles." Much of his work, a...

Portrait of Michael Longley b. 1939 (1989-90)

Portrait of Michael Longley b. 1939 (1989-90)

This is one of a number of life-size portraits of contemporary poets which Peter Edwards completed in 1990. In all of these works he has depicted the ...

At The Close of a Summer's Day, Fanad, Co. Donegal (1995)

At The Close of a Summer's Day, Fanad, Co. Donegal (1995)

Robert Bottom, who comes from Cambridge, studied fine art at Canterbury College of Art and filmmaking at Newport, Gwent. Head of the art department at...

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