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172,000 Paintings Now Online!

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Alice Payne | 10:04 UK time, Monday, 17 September 2012

We have now catalogued over 170,000 of the UK’s national collection of oil paintings! We welcome some large and well known collections to the site, including Tate, the National Maritime Museum and the British Council Collection.

View from a Ship at Sea (John Everett, Collection: National Maritime Museum)

Whilst sailing through the National Maritime Museum, one artist who captured our imagination was John Everett. There are over 1,000 of his works now online. If you aren’t susceptible to sea sickness, take a voyage through his deck scenes and seascapes, experiencing what it would have been like aboard one of his vessels.

Easily accessible by boat are the Tate galleries – Tate Britain and Tate Modern on the banks of the River Thames, Tate Liverpool next to docks and Tate St Ives on the seafront. Previously displaying a sample of their oils, Your Paintings is now thrilled to reveal all paintings for your pleasure.

We have now completed cataloguing Wales – a startling number of collections with an incredibly high calibre of works. Notable highlights include MOMA WALES, who hold works by renowned artists Kyffin Williams, Augustus Edwin John and Edward Povey. And although we are specifically looking at paintings, some architecture that should not be missed is Castell Coch in South Wales – an incredibly beautiful building that looks like something out of a fairytale. Do have a look at its location page and discover its important portraits of the Marquesses and Earls of Bute and Pembroke.

Moving across the sea and into Northern Ireland, we find Armagh Public Library which has ‘Archbishop Richard Robinson (1708–1794)’ a work stimulating attribution debate: Joshua Reynolds or Angelica Kauffmann? One of the most famous Irish painters is John Lavery and some of his works can be seen in Northern Ireland at the Down County Museum, Queen's University, Belfast, and in Belfast City Hall.A Moorish Garden in Winter’ in Queen’s University, Belfast, has particular significance to Lavery – he had a winter home in Tangier and regularly visited Morocco.

The British Council Collection holds works by many prominent British Artists who continue to exhibit today, and also by artists such as the late Lucian Freud, including the particularly moving, ‘Girl with Roses’, showing Kitty, the daughter of Jacob Epstein. Frank Auerbach’s work is also held in this collection; ‘Camden Theatre’ is almost three-dimensional with the brushstrokes of the thick oil paint clearly visible.

The L. S. Lowry Collection has also joined our growing online catalogue – see if you can spot the puzzling self portrait and take a look at the way Lowry painted industrial scenes in both the south and the north of the country.

Sir Thomas More and his family (Rowland Lockey, Collection: National Trust )

We have added more collections from the National Trust, including Nostell Priory in West Yorkshire that has a painting of particular note: it is that of Sir Thomas More and his family, painted by Rowland Lockey in 1592. This painting is after an original by Hans Holbein the Younger, itself lost, making this the only reliable same-size representation of the original.

Within Northern Scotland is a gem of a collection: the Pier Arts Centre. Ben Nicholson’s work is well represented here, including many of his relief works. Browse the collection  to see a few more famous names.

The National Army Museum is a fantastic collection in London, which holds a large collection of war-in-action paintings, with many representing scenes of great struggle and victory. We particularly like the dummy board figure of a Grenadier of the Royal Scots Regiment. There are also two works by Thomas Gainsborough, ‘HRH William Henry, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1743–1805)’ and ‘Robert, Lord Clive (1725–1774), in General Officer’s Uniform’.

A Good Joke (J. Gough, Collection: Royal Hospital Chelsea)

And finally, don’t forget to have a look at those lesser known artists which, as proved by the mysterious J. Gough’s ‘A Good Joke’ in the Royal Hospital Chelsea, may well bring a smile to your day.

Alice Payne is a Project Editor at the PCF


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