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ABOUT THE COLLECTION

An incomparable collection of historical and contemporary paintings, sculpture and more.
The Beaverbrook Collection
The Permanent Collection was established in 1959 with the gift of 300 works of art from Lord Beaverbrook. Initially focused on British and Canadian painting, it comprised gifts of art from Lord Beaverbrook and donations from friends and colleagues. Since then, the Permanent Collection has grown to include over 7,000 objects, including several large-scale outdoor sculptures by national and international artists that are installed on the gallery grounds. 

The British Collection is one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada, encompassing work from the Elizabethan era through to the twentieth century. It includes portraits, drawings, studies, and sculptures by some of Britain’s most prominent artists, as well as fine examples of landscapes, historical subjects, still lifes, genre paintings of everyday life, and abstract works.
The Beaverbrook Collection
The Permanent Collection was established in 1959 with the gift of 300 works of art from Lord Beaverbrook. Initially focused on British and Canadian painting, it comprised gifts of art from Lord Beaverbrook and donations from friends and colleagues. Since then, the Permanent Collection has grown to include over 7,000 objects, including several large-scale outdoor sculptures by national and international artists that are installed on the gallery grounds. 

The British Collection is one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada, encompassing work from the Elizabethan era through to the twentieth century. It includes portraits, drawings, studies, and sculptures by some of Britain’s most prominent artists, as well as fine examples of landscapes, historical subjects, still lifes, genre paintings of everyday life, and abstract works.
The Canadian Collection boasts paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and sculptures from the eighteenth century to the present, with particular emphasis on the art of Atlantic Canada. Our holdings include the work of Cornelius Krieghoff, the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Alex Colville, Shirley Bear, Christopher and Mary Pratt, Miller Brittain, Bruno and Molly Bobak, and ceramic art of the Deichmanns. The Canadian Collection also includes wonderful examples of fine craft, folk art, Acadian art, and Indigenous art. Of special note is our stewardship of the 1820s ‘Grandfather Akwiten’ Wolastoqiyik canoe, the oldest complete birchbark canoe in the world. 

The International Collection spans 600 years of artistic practice in Western Europe and the United States. It features a wide array of objects, from paintings to drawings and sculpture to porcelain and decorative art. Reflecting both secular and religious imagery, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch and American works provide a historical context for the sweep of Western art. Highlighted are multiple paintings by Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.
Request for Loan
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery partners with institutions to lend works from its permanent collection to new audiences as part of its mandate to enrich life through art. 

To inquire about borrowing artworks from our permanent collection, contact our Manager of Collections and Exhibitions.
Image Licensing
To request rights and secure high-resolution images for research, publication, and other commercial or academic purposes, contact our Registrar for fees and availability.

Permission is required before reproducing any works from the permanent collection of the Beaverbrook.
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