This catalogue includes some 3,200 oil paintings held in public Blackpool, Blackburn and Darwen, as well as the cities of Lancaster and Preston. Lancashire’s extensive art collection was primarily born from the proceeds of its industrial past, and the philanthropy of local industrialists. It therefore tells the story of Lancashire life, its people and various industries. Paintings by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Lucian Freud, Maggi Hambling, Dame Laura Knight, Sir Thomas Lawrence, George Romney, John Virtue and Johann Zoffany are among the works reproduced from 30 collections.
The Public Catalogue Foundation is a charity passionate about making art accessible to the public and educational research. Between 2003 and 2012, they digitised all 210,000 oil paintings in public ownership around the United Kingdom (80% of which are not on view), resulting in this series of affordable catalogues and an online database. They are currently working to digitise the nation’s public sculpture collection.