The Walker Art Gallery opened in 1877 and houses an internationally renowned collection of fine and decorative art, ranging from Medieval and Renaissance masterpieces to outstanding modern and contemporary works.
The Dutch and Flemish collection is particularly remarkable, and features an early Rembrandt self-portrait. Other highlights include paintings by Salomon van Ruysdael, Hendrick van Vliet and Peter Paul Rubens. This part of the collection continues to grow, with the recent acquisition of works by Hendrik van Steenwijck the Younger and Jan ten Compe.
The Walker Art Gallery also holds over 8,350 works on paper, including over 300 European Old Master drawings from the Weld-Blundell Collection. Rubens and Rembrandt are also represented here, alongside other Netherlandish artists such as Cornelis Dusart and Maerten de Vos.
The galleries showcasing Dutch and Flemish art are currently closed to facilitate a major refurbishment and are expected to reopen in late 2022.
Kate O’Donoghue, Curator of International Fine Art (September 2021)