Here at Preston Park, we love art and are proud to welcome visitors to view our extensive range of artwork. The museum is home to approximately 600 pieces of art, spread across five impressive collections: The Edwin Clephan Memorial Collection, Spence Bequest, Local Art, Modern Art and Sculpture.
The Edwin Clephan Memorial Collection was bequeathed to the Museum in the 1930s and is one of the founding collections of the museum. It contains 94 pieces of fine art including a significant oil painting, The Dice Players, by Georges De La Tour. We also display a number of portraits, screen prints, pastels and beautiful watercolour paintings from artists including J M W Turner, Thomas Girtin, George Elgood and John Varley.
The Spence Bequest includes a number of wonderful pieces of art, notably the collection of World War One watercolours by Colonel Spence. These fabulous artworks depict life in WW1 and the experience of being in the trenches. Additional pieces include family portraits and a medieval panel painting called Knights Jousting.
We are continuously proud of our local area, and so we have a collection dedicated to Teesside and its people. This Local Art collection includes seven civic portraits along with landscape pictures of Stockton and Stockton Sites. Furthermore, we have included alternative art from local artists.
Our Modern Art collection is made up of around 10 pieces of modern and abstract art. These fascinating pieces range from impressions of ICI to silk screen prints by Bridget Riley.
The majority of our Sculptures collection comes from the Ions collection, which includes anything from bronze sculptures by Morreau and Beer to striking marble statues. There is also a plaster cast of Lord Castlereagh, a marble bust of Alexandra of Denmark and a bronze bust of Harold Macmillan.