Your paintings Uncovering the nation's art collection In association with The Public Catalogue Foundation

Archives for April 2012

125,000 Paintings Now Online!

Katie Carder | 12:35 UK time, Thursday, 26 April 2012

The 200,000 target is becoming ever-nearer. Your Paintings has now reached all corners of the UK, as collections from six new regions join the site: Central Scotland; Fife, Perth and Kinross, and Angus; the National Library of Wales; the Channel Islands; North and East London; and National Museums Northern Ireland.

The National Library of Wales has an eclectic collection of 2,000 paintings with works by Kyffin Williams and Turner, and this portrait of inspiring Welsh sportsman Joe Calzaghe.




Moving further north to Scotland, there are now 15,000 paintings from over 60 collections available for the public to enjoy, with additions from The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum and University of St Andrews to Fife Council and The Black Watch Castle & Museum. Celebrated artists include John Opie, Samuel John Peploe and Pieter Brueghel the Younger.


After successfully overcoming the logistical challenges of photographing its painting collection, the Channel Islands have joined the site. Elizabeth Castle in Jersey was reached by amphibious vehicle, whilst collections such as Mignot Memorial Hospital in Alderney were accessed using light aircraft! Edward John Poynter’s rich portrait of Lillie Langtry is one example that offers an insight into the history and artistic legacy of the islands.




National Museums Northern Ireland features world-class Irish, British and international art. Included in the 1,600 works is a fantastic selection of paintings by John Lavery and Francis Bacon, along with Edward McGuire’s portrait of Seamus Heaney.

Finally, the PCF is getting closer to cataloguing Greater London’s vast art collection with the recent additions of North and East London. The boroughs of Barnet, Tottenham, Enfield, Hackney, Redbridge, Harringey and Islington are all included with works from painters as diverse as Courbet, De Chirico, Sickert and William Holman Hunt.

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Frederick Daniel Hardy

Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac | 15:50 UK time, Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Frederick Daniel Hardy (1827–1911) was one of a group of painters who lived in the village of Cranbrook in Kent, which later became known as the Cranbrook Colony.  Unusually, he exhibited at the Royal Academy almost continuously for over six decades.

With its scenes of domestic life, rural Kent provided authenticity and inspiration along with affordable models. Cranbrook, in common with other artistic colonies, was connected by rail to London which allowed artists to travel to the capital to sell their work.

Hardy’s paintings appealed to wealthy manufacturers in the Midlands and Northern England who enjoyed his idealised depictions of a rustic, pre-industrialised past.  

Hardy’s The Dismayed Artist (1866) describes the sort of problems encountered by artists who depicted rural life.

Two men, said to be Hardy and his brother, have just arrived from London; the luggage labels on the easel and suitcase indicate that  they have travelled by train to nearby Staplehurst. 

Hardy’s look of surprise hints at the gulf between outsiders and locals. The artist was intending to continue his painting of the old-style hearth but, in his absence, the family have started coating its antique features with lime-wash. 

However, Hardy depicts the countrywoman sympathetically, providing an image of diligence that would have appealed to his industrialist patrons. 

The sales correspondent from The Times was not so sympathetic. He entitled it ‘The Distressed Artist on beholding the havoc made by his domestics in his studio’ - an interpretation that would have dismayed Hardy much more than the lime-wash.

You can read the full article on the Public Catalogue Foundation's website


Mary Rose Rivett-Carnac is a Copyright Officer at the Public Catalogue Foundation.

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