The Picture Gallery showcases some of the key works of art from our permanent collection. It’s where we display paintings, prints and drawings, often by theme or as part of a special anniversary exhibition, and where you can discover Portsmouth’s history through art.
This collection-based gallery is re-displayed approximately every eighteen months. This allows us to implement a public engagement programme and host artist Q&A evenings, gallery talks and corporate events throughout the year.
In recent years the gallery has displayed over 200 pieces of art, including:
- 18th and 19th century maritime paintings, with work by JMW Turner and WL Wyllie
- A display as part of the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy which featured prints, drawings and paintings by artists such as David Hockney, Henry Moore, Angelica Kauffman, Elizabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth – all pieces from our collection
- Twelve portraits on loan from the Royal Collection Trust as part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day
Currently on display is D is for Dodo, E is for Extinct, which features one of the world’s most complete dodo skeletons, and one of only 12 thought to exist.