Opening October 2021
Bucks has inspired many important artists throughout history and remains an inspiration for exciting contemporary artists and craftspeople. On display, in this first permanent gallery for the Museum’s art collections, will be fine examples of work that tell a visual story of Bucks landscapes, buildings and people. As well as the natural beauty of the county, Stowe landscape gardens, near Buckingham, and its architectural delights have also inspired artists and work can be seen by John Piper and Thomas Rowlandson. Two magnificent stone statues from Stowe, the Saxon deities Mona and Friga, will take centre stage in the gallery for visitors to admire.
Bucks people, both famous and ordinary, can be seen in our formal portraits including the radical politician John Wilkes and people at the heart of Bucks’ rural life, especially the traditional crafts industry. The Museum has a stunning collection of British studio ceramics and a selection of pots handmade in Bucks’ studios will be shown.