This catalogue includes some 2,200 oil paintings in 33 National Trust properties in Buckinghamshire and in the counties of the East of England, Suffolk, Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. It includes the noteworthy Rothschild collections at Waddesdon Manor and Ascott in Buckinghamshire and those at Ickworth in Suffolk and Belton in Lincolnshire; as well as Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire which has the largest collection of oil paintings in a Trust property. It also includes the Norfolk properties of the fifteenth-century moated manor of Oxburgh Hall with its private chapel and retable, the superb Jacobean Blickling Hall and Felbrigg Hall. Paintings are also found in more unusual places including the King’s Head pub in Aylesbury, Mr Straw’s 1930s terraced house in Worksop, The Workhouse for the nineteenth-century poor in Southwell, the mediaeval Tattershall Castle and the historic house hotel of Hartwell in Buckinghamshire. Paintings ranging from Andrea del Sarto, Cuyp, Hobbema, Velázquez, Boucher, Bonington and Tissot 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.