Oil Paintings in Public Ownership: Cumbria
This 286 page hardback catalogue brings together some 2,000 oil paintings drawn from 27 collections across Cumbria, including many masterpieces from Lakeland Arts Trust's (Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House) collection.
This catalogue brings together some 2,000 oil paintings drawn from 27 collections across Cumbria, including those from Carlisle, Kendal, Wigton, Penrith, Whitehaven, Workington and Barrow-in-Furness. The large collection of Romneys at Abbot Hall (Lakeland Arts Trust), in Kendal constitutes a wonderfully varied overview of the artist’s career. Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery includes an impressive cache of contemporary works. The well-documented life and work of William Wordsworth in The Wordsworth Trust’s collection sits in the Lake District. John Ruskin’s former home at Brantwood and The Ruskin Museum, dedicated to his memory, can be found at Coniston. Smaller collections at Keswick Museum and Art Gallery, Kendal Town Council and the University of Cumbria further illuminate the history and artistic legacy of Cumbria.
The Public Catalogue Foundation, a registered charity, was set up in 2003 to record the entire collection of oil paintings in public ownership in the United Kingdom. This record is being made accessible to the public through a series of county-based catalogues. On completion the series will provide a colour illustration with a brief description of every oil painting in the National Collection.
In 2011 the Foundation, in partnership with the BBC, launched the Your Paintings website: www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings. This is the only website anywhere in the world showcasing a nation's entire collection of oil paintings.
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