Chelmsford Museum's art collection is of regional importance. The museum collects the work of Essex artists, or subjects having a Chelmsford or mid-Essex connection, particularly local topographical works or high quality, unrestricted by period.

We also have a fantastic Ceramics exhibition.

'Ear inspection in a Russian hospital' by Emily Shanks

Oil on canvas, c. 1890. Emiliya Shanks (1857 to 1936), was a British painter, born in Moscow. 

She volunteered to interpret for a group of British doctors who were visiting Russian hospitals, and this painting depicts female medics examining a child. 

Shanks Ear Inspection In A Russian Hospital

'Landscape of the megaliths' by Paul Nash

Lithograph, 1937. Paul Nash (1889 to 1946), was a British surrealist painter and war artist. 

Landscape of the megaliths by Paul Nash

'Chelmsford Church' by John Buckley

Watercolour, 1802. 

Chelmsford Church by John Buckley

'Shire Hall' by Philip Reinagle

Oil on canvas, 1794. Philip Reinagle (1749 to 1833), was an English painter and member of the Royal Academy. 

Shire Hall still stands at the top of Chelmsford High Street. It was designed by John Johnson, and opened in 1791. It has been used for law courts, a market hall for corn and an assembly room. 

'Shire Hall' by Philip Reinagle

'The Half Moon Inn' by Alfred Bennett Bamford

Watercolour, 1906.

Alfred Bennett Bamford (1857 to 1939), was born in Romford. He was an honorary Major in the local voluntary regiment, and during World War I was in charge of prisoners near Chelmsford. 

The subject of this painting, the Half Moon Inn was on Chelmsford High Street.

'The Half Moon Inn' by Alfred Bennett Bamford

'High Street and Stone Bridge' by William Brown

Chelmsford High Street, as is shown in the picture is still recognisable today. (c. 1890)

'High Street and Stone Bridge' by William Brown