Museums and art galleries

Pierre Valette, Albert Square, Manchester (Manchester City Art Gallery) These usually have good collections of local topographical drawings and paintings. Since collections tend to be formed partly from gifts, it is a matter of luck whether they also include views of buildings in other parts of Britain. For example, a Victorian patron might donate to his local museum or gallery sketchbooks filled on his holidays at seaside resorts. If the building of interest to you has been attracting tourists for centuries, or lies in an area popular with 18th or 19th-century travellers, it may be worthwhile to spread your net wide.