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Of paramount importance is the Merzbarn wall by Kurt Schwitters. Constructed in a barn in the Lake District during 1947-48, the Merzbarn was Schwitters' final, and in his own estimation, 'greatest', piece of work.

The wall was transported to the gallery in 1965 and incorporated into the fabric of the building. The Merzbarn wall is permanently displayed in one room of the gallery and is considered as a work of international significance.

Our painting collection includes works from the 14th century to the present day. Key pieces include work by Francis Bacon, Richard Hamilton, Palma Giovane, Thomas Bewick, Eduardo Paolozzi, Camillo Procaccini, Patrick Heron, William Roberts, Victor Pasmore and Richard Ansdell. Watercolours by Wyndham Lewis, Thomas Hair and Robert Jobling are also held.

Limitations of space and the extensive programme of temporary exhibitions means that it is not possible to have the whole collection on permanent display; however pieces from the collection are often used in conjunction with internal and touring exhibitions.

The Hatton Gallery is dedicated to facilitating the research and development of its collection on all levels and welcomes those interested in the permanent collection. 

For access to items not currently on display please make an appointment.

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