Greater Manchester Volume III contains more than 1,700 paintings located in a wide range of collections, from town halls and libraries to a Tudor manor house. Most of the paintings in the area are housed in galleries in Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside and Stockport, with the majority in store. These collections include a gallery devoted to local artist Harry Rutherford, a wonderfully quirky set of paintings by Tim Bobbin, known as the Lancashire Hogarth, and a fourteenth-century triptych. As well as local artists, the collections include works by William Etty, L. S. Lowry, Lucian Freud, Walter Sickert, Godfrey Kneller, Helen Bradley and Edward Burne-Jones.
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.