This catalogue includes 1,500 oil paintings in National Trust properties in the North of England in some of the most stunning parts of the country like the Lake District in Cumbria, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside. It includes some excellent collections at Dunham Massey, Lyme Park and Tatton Park in Cheshire as well as Nostell Priory in Yorkshire. It includes paintings in more unusual places like Quarry Bank Mill, Souter Lighthouse and Lindisfarne Castle. They are also in some interesting properties like the Tudor manor house with Victorian interiors, Speke Hall, near Liverpool, the Vanbrugh-designed Seaton Delaval, the nineteenth-century Norman Shaw house at Cragside and Beatrix Potter’s home of Hilltop. Paintings by masters as diverse as Brueghel, Guercino, Van Dyck, Carracci, Canaletto and Frank Bramley are included.
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.