Art in the collection

Although we do not have an extensive art collection, it does include a number of works of local and national interest as well as a display area for temporary exhibitions.

Some highlights

Etta Sharp Bequest – this collection represents the majority of artwork in the Museum, most of which are water colours. Etta Sharp lived in Bank House, Rothes, as a child, and after her death in 1945, her husband, William Lawson, donated the collection to the Museum. It includes a small sketch, “Near Brighton”, by John Constable and “Dorking Church” by JMW Turner.

Local scenes – paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and engravings of local buildings, people and views.

Decorative arts  – ceramics and silver work from around the world, and including Elgin silver.

Temporary exhibitions – the Mezzanine Gallery is often used for temporary exhibitions.


Students and schools

The Museum welcomes visits by students to use the collection and the Museum for art work. Recent uses have included a primary school group drawing stuffed birds and Moray College students sketching displayed objects and the architecture of the Category A listed building.