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Bolton Museum houses a fine art collection of over 3500 items. Nearly all of these are works by British artists dating from the 18th century to the present day. The collection's strength is its 20th century oils, watercolours, prints and sculptures.

Also in the collection are examples of decorative art including ceramics, glass and netsuke as well as photography from the Mass-Observation project.

Paintings, prints and drawings

Highlights include a significant collection of works by Bolton-born artist Thomas Moran and his wife Mary Nimmo Moran.

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Decorative art

The collection contains around 100 contemporary ceramics dating from the 1970s to mid 1990s.

The museum also has a collection of about 150 netsuke, inro and scent bottles bequeathed to the museum in 1959.

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