The Permanent Collection

The Tatham Art Gallery houses a collection of significant British and French artworks dating back to the 18th century. Its South-African collection is focused on, but not exclusive to, the art of KwaZulu-Natal.

Whitwell Collection

Donated by Colonel Whitwell this collection consists mainly of 19th and early 20th century British and French artworks including paintings, drawings, prints and objets d'art. There are also diverse pieces from Japan, China, Russia and Persia.

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The Collection on Display

A selection of the Tatham Art Gallery's permanent collection is always on display. Work by South African and European artists is displayed upstairs. The work of KwaZulu-Natal artists is displayed downstairs. A selection of ceramics is displayed in the Ceramics Room.

Juxtaposition: Style - metaphor - format

This exhibition consists of South African and international paintings from our collection, hung side by side to provide a fresh juxtaposition of style, metaphor and format.

Contemplation: animal – vegetable – mineral

The objects in this display from the Gallery's permanent collection are mostly recent acquisitions from different areas of KwaZulu-Natal. There are exceptions, such as the ceramics of Katherine Glenday, Ralph Johnson and Ian Garrett, all of whom now work in the Cape.

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