We Love Art is a searchable website which allows users to find information about the decorative art collections held by museums and art galleries services within the Black Country region.
All the museums have good fine art collections; paintings, drawings, prints and, to a lesser extent, sculpture. Decorative art, both locally made and from further afield is also well represented with good examples of japanned ware, enamels, steel jewellery, carved ivories.
Dudley Museum and Art Gallery holds a large collection of fine art, including oil paintings, watercolours, engravings and prints, which are rotated in and out of display. Among these are works by local artist Percy Shakespeare.
Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery was originally built to display a large collection of works owned by Wednesbury residents Edwin and Mary Richards. The couple were prolific collectors of art and especially favoured landscapes. These are displayed in the Richards Gallery.
Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s collections include unique artworks looking at the modern phase of the conflict in Northern Ireland, a notable Pop Art collection and exquisite Georgian paintings from the 1700s. Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s most outstanding artwork of international importance is the large-scale painting Peace and Plenty Binding the Arrows of War (1614) by the Flemish Baroque painter Abraham Janssens van Nuyssen (ca. 1567/1576-1632). Commissioned and paid for by the Antwerp Guild of Old Crossbowmen. This is the only painting by Janssens in British public collections and a splendid example of Flemish Baroque Art.