From time to time, we will shine a light on items in our collection that merit a special mention. One such item is The Goldfish Bowl, an oil painting by William Daniels, dated 1868.

Daniels (1813 – 1880) was an artist who worked in Liverpool during the Victorian era, specialising in portraiture and scenes of daily life. The Goldfish Bowl (pictured) is not typical of his work; it is, however, a beautifully realised painting and a rather touching portrayal of a young girl as she reflects on the life of a goldfish, imprisoned in its bowl.

The Goldfish Bowl, on loan from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, is just one of the superb paintings at the Broadway Museum & Art Gallery. You will find it on the first floor, in a quiet corner of the 18th/19th Century Room. After admiring the painting, take a moment or two to enjoy adjacent displays of period ceramics and glassware and a couple of rather splendid antique clocks.

The museum will soon be closing for a winter break, giving us an opportunity to refresh existing exhibitions and set up new ones. See our website for details of opening and closing dates and times.