Hennell’s work in museums

Where to see Hennell’s work

 Remarkably, there are well over 300 works by Thomas Hennell in public collections, covering the whole gamut of his oeuvre, from war art collected by the museums of the three armed services, to agricultural drawings at Wye College (now held at Imperial College, London) and work relating to his madness at the Wellcome Collection and the Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum. Even allowing for Hennell’s prolific work-rate, this represents a very high proportion of the artist’s total output, reflecting the fact that much of his best work was produced in harness to the state – both as an Official War Artist and, before that, on various projects relating to the war effort.

I’ve provided links below to those collections where it is possible to view Hennell’s work online, followed by a further list of those institutions with Hennell holdings, but which don’t have fully searchable online collections.

 Tate Gallery – http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ArtistWorks?cgroupid=999999961&artistid=1271

National Archives/Government Art Collection – http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.gac.culture.gov.uk/search/Object.asp?object_key=24856

 Imperial War Museum – http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/search?query=thomas+hennell&submit=&items_per_page=10

 Victoria & Albert Museum – http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/r/recording-britain-collection/

 National Maritime Museum – http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/150477.html

Wellcome Collection – http://encore.wellcome.ac.uk/iii/encore/search?formids=target&lang=eng&suite=def&reservedids=lang%2Csuite&submitmode=&submitname=&target=hennell&submit=Search

 RAF Museum, Hendon – http://navigator.rafmuseum.org/results.do?view=detail&db=person&mode=1&id=20821

 Victoria Art Gallery, Bath – http://art.bathnes.gov.uk/ow23/collections/rechcroisee.xsp?f=Ensemble&v=&f=Artistsearch_field&v=Hennell%2C+Thomas+Barclay&e=



Ulster Museum, Belfast

Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery, Bournemouth

Cartwright Memorial Art Gallery, Bradford

Brighton Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Royal Museum, Canterbury

National Museum of Wales

Cheltenham Art Gallery

Tower Art Gallery, Eastbourne

Glasgow Art Gallery

Harrogate Art Gallery

Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Leeds City Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Harris Museum, Preston

Salford Art Gallery

Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery

Southampton Art Gallery

Stoke Art Gallery

Wakefield Art Gallery

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Imperial College, London University (the former collection of Wye College)

(houses a large collection of Hennell’s agricultural drawings)

Manchester Art Gallery



Tyne & Wear