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UK’s National Oil Painting Collection Online at the BBC Website

Posted in resources by Editor on January 30, 2012

Your Paintings is a project to put the UK’s entire national collection of oil paintings on one website. It is a partnership between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and 3,000 collections around the United Kingdom including museums, universities, civic collections, the Arts Council and the National Trust.

The purpose of the project is to open up the UK’s 200,000-strong oil painting collection for learning, research and public enjoyment. To this end, over the last nine years the PCF has been making a photographic record of all oil paintings in public ownership in the United Kingdom. 80% of these paintings are in storage. And at least two thirds of these paintings have not been photographed before.

When complete at the end of 2012 the website will show 200,000 paintings by some 40,000 artists.

Discover the website – Over 100,000 paintings are already online