17 November 2012
Last updated at 09:19
Almost 200 pieces from the Government Art Collection are being exhibited at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery from 17 November. It is the first time the works, usually displayed at UK Government buildings across the world, have been put together for an exhibition outside London. It includes this model HMS Victory.
The exhibition, Revealed, tells the story of the Government Art Collection and includes works by artists, including Edward Lear, LS Lowry, Bridget Riley, Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin. It is divided into five sections, including one that looks at colour in the collection and features Andy Warhol’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
This photograph from the collection was taken in 1944 after a bomb hit Horse Guards Parade, blowing out the windows of 10 Downing Street and causing plaster to fall from the ceiling. Despite damage to the room, no paintings were damaged.
Also part of the collection is a portrait by Thomas Phillips of Lord Byron, who sat for the painting in 1813, aged 25. He bought the costume in Tepeleni in 1809 while travelling across southern Europe with his friend, politician John Cam Hobhouse.
The exhibition will also be accompanied by a programme of gallery talks by Government Art Collection curators, and evening events with more information about the collection. It will be at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s Gas Hall until 24 February.