Beecroft Art GalleryVictoria Aveune, Southend on Sea, SS2 6EX
Beecroft Art Gallery has a permanent collection of over 2000 works, ranging from 17th-century Dutch paintings to contemporary works.
The collection includes examples by artists such as Molenaer, Ruisdael and Berchem plus 19th-century artists including Rossetti, Constable and Edward Lear. There are works by Carel Weight, the Great Bardfield Group, and a fine bronze by Jacob Epstein. The local artist Alan Sorrell is represented by his Drawings of Nubia series depicting a visit to Egypt prior to the building of the Aswan Dam. The Thorpe Smith Collection of local landscape views contains paintings, drawings and prints from as early as 1803.
Beecroft Art Gallery is a branch of Southend Museums Service, which has an eclectic collection of paintings from local artists, and a year-round programme of exhibitions, including the Essex Open exhibition and historic costume displays from Southend Museums’ collection.