Artists' Dorset

Enjoy a beautiful gallery full of the Museum’s superb collections of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, textiles, and fine and decorative art.

An important part of the gallery is dedicated to the sculptor Elisabeth Frink who lived and worked in Dorset for many years. Portraits by Thomas Gainsborough and George Romney are here too, alongside works by Cornish artist Alfred Wallis and Dorset-born sculptor Alfred Stevens. Get to know Chaldon Herring’s 1920s and 1930s creative community, including novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner and her partner, poet Valentine Ackland. Then marvel at the beauty of men’s waistcoats from the 18th and 19th centuries.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Victorian Hall will be hosting a private event on Friday 10th June 2022, all day and Saturday 11th June 2022, 12 noon to 5:00 pm, and therefore will be closed to visitors.

Whats Inside

Highlights

1783

Rebecca Steward (1766-1859)

Thomas Beach (1783-1806) Oil on canvas…

1920s

Fishing Boat with Two Masts and Yellow Sails

Alfred Wallis (1855-1942) Oil on cardboard…

1920

The Undercliff, White Nothe, Dorset    

Catherine Ouless (1879-1961) Oil on canvas…

1940s

Dorset Quarrymen, Three Workers

Alfred Palmer (1877-1951) Oil on canvas…

Date unknown

East Stoke Mill, Dorset

Frederick William Newton Whitehead (1853-1938) Oil on canvas…

1768

Thomas Rackett the Younger (1756-1840)

George Romney (1734-1802) Oil on canvas…

20th century

Horse and Rider

Mary Spencer Watson Glazed ceramic…

c.1857-1875

Truth and Falsehood   

Alfred Stevens Plaster…

1963

Child with Dove

Elizabeth Muntz Wood…

1938

Elijah

Mary Spencer Watson Terracotta…

1977

Gerenuk 

John Skeaping Bronze…

1958

Dog

Elisabeth Frink Bronze, edition of 4…

1987

Self-Portrait

Elisabeth Frink Bronze, edition of 9…

1983

Dorset Martyrs

Elisabeth Frink Bronze…

Most likely c.1930s

Valentine Ackland      

Gertrude Mary Powys Oil on canvas…

Mid-1930s

Katie on ‘Josephine’       

Gertrude Mary Powys Oil on canvas…

1930s

John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) AD

Gertrude Powys painted sensitive portraits of her siblings and other artists and writers who were part of the Chaldon Herring community. In this painting she…

Late 19th century

Watercolours of Dorset landscapes   

Henry Joseph Moule The first curator of Dorset Museum and a friend of Thomas Hardy, Henry Moule regularly went out into the countryside surrounding Dorchester…

1958

Dog

Elisabeth Frink Bronze, edition of 4…