The paintings collection includes one of the finest groups of 17th century Dutch and Flemish works in the country, alongside wonderful examples of English portraits, and attractive pieces by the local Hold family. Discover masterpieces by Constable, Canaletto and Hogarth alongside Jan van Huysum and Caspar Netscher displayed in rooms throughout the Museum.
The Harvey Collection consists of 54 paintings collected by wealthy businessman William Harvey Esq. of Barnsley. Linen manufacturer and art lover, Harvey collected an array of paintings through the dealers Messrs Rutley of Leeds between 1849 and 1866, with an obvious liking for Dutch and Flemish works. Harvey made his fortune in the linen industry and was a benefactor of Barnsley town. His wealth allowed him to become a collector and he was passionate about encouraging others to actively enjoy art. On his death he left £1000 to establish a school of art in Barnsley, the forerunner of today’s Barnsley College.
William Harvey’s nephew bequeathed the paintings to the nation in 1917 through the National Loan Collection Trust. The Harvey Collection was the first administered by the Trust and toured the world. Due to the Barnsley connections of the Harvey family, it was agreed that the collection would be loaned to Cannon Hall Museum. In 2002 the collection was transferred on a permanent basis through Art Fund. This amazing group of oil paintings now belongs to the people of Barnsley and is looked after by Barnsley Museums.
You can see more of our paintings collection on Art UK's online resource, that has catalogued over 3200 public art collections across Britain.
‘Shipping: A Fresh Breeze’
Ludolf Backhuizen (1630–1708)
Oil on canvas
Born in Germany, Backhuizen moved to Amsterdam at around the age of 20. He was largely self-taught as an artist and by the early 1660s he was well established, with clients including Czar Peter the Great and many German princes. This seascape is a great example of Backhuizen’s portrayals of storm clouds, strong winds and crashing waves, using the sharp contrast of dark and light.