Established with a legacy from the great Victorian machine-tool entrepreneur, Sir Joseph Whitworth, after his death in 1887, The Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester now boasts one of the greatest collections of works on paper and textiles in the UK. Its collections of British watercolours and European prints make it pre-eminent outside London and it includes over 50 works by Turner and many fine Pre-Raphaelites. The textile collection is one of Britain’s most comprehensive, with very rare Coptic pieces from the 4th century through to contemporary work.

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