This catalogue includes over 2,500 oil paintings in 50 National Trust properties in the West of England including the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. They are from some superb collections like those at Kingston Lacy in Dorset, Saltram in Devon and Stourhead in Wiltshire. Also included are paintings in more unusual buildings like the 16-sided house of A la Ronde on the coast, Lutyens’ twentieth-century Castle Drogo on Dartmoor in Devon, Snowshill in Gloucestershire which contains the encyclopaedic collection of the eccentric architect Charles Paget-Wade and the Elizabethan mansion of Montacute in Wiltshire. They are also in places known for their former residents like Agatha Christie’s home, Greenway in Devon, that of the D’Oyly Carte musical family at Coleton Fishacre. Paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Kauffman, Rubens and Titian, Tintoretto, Murillo feature along with works by modern artists such as John Piper at Lacock Abbey.
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.