Compton Verney has the largest collection of British folk art in the UK.
Folk art is a wide-ranging term which often includes objects made by untrained artists, or made by people trained as sign-painters who were able to use their painting skills to make their own artworks. Terms such as ‘people’s art’ or ‘popular art’ are also widely used.
Works in Compton Verney’s collection are extremely diverse, and include weathervanes, shop signs, paintings of prize animals, street scenes, furniture, agricultural implements and collage pictures. The collection also includes a work by highly regarded folk artist Alfred Wallis.