Oil Paintings in Plymouth and Torbay
(Approx $44.80 or €33.60)
This catalogue brings together some 1,200 oil paintings from 16 publicly-owned collections across Plymouth and Torbay, a borough of Devon spanning the towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. The largest collection is that of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery with over 900 paintings spanning the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries. Torre Abbey boasts another large and important collection particularly rich in nineteenth-century works that reflect the taste of Torquay’s genteel families of the period. The collections of Plymouth and Torbay include many works by prominent local artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Luny, James Northcote, William Widgery, and the contemporary Robert Lenkiewicz. The collections are mixed and varied, inspired by Devon’s rich and rugged coastal landscapes and the people who have inhabited them.
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.