Works of art by the Great Masters don't just influence and inspire us, they also tell us a lot about the period they were painted in. Discover some of the amazing art we have on display - from George Stubbs's 18th century depictions of a kangaroo and a dingo, to J.M.W. Turner's famous depiction of the Battle of Trafalgar. 

The artist William Hodges accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage to the Pacific in 1772-74. 

Find out about some of the most notable artists whose work is held in our fine art collections.

Our collections feature several works by renowned 18th-century animal artist George Stubbs, most notably his groundbreaking paintings of a kangaroo and dingo. 

Our art collection holds a major work by artist J.M.W. Turner: The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805 (1822-24). 

The Willem van de Veldes (Elder and Younger) moved to London from Amsterdam in 1673–74 and became a strong influence on English marine painting.

Yinka Shonibare MBE explores colonialism and post-colonialism in his art. Nelson's Ship in a Bottle was acquired by the NMM in 2012.