Oil Paintings in Somerset
(Approx $44.80 or €33.60)
This Somerset volume brings together 60 collections across the county, which has produced a wide range of genres, covering all periods. This is perhaps best illustrated at Dillington House, with its progressive collecting policy of contemporary works hanging alongside the significant portrait collection of the Malet family. As well as the nationally regarded collections in Bath, including the Victoria Art Gallery and the Holburne Museum, Somerset boasts a number of specialist museums, such as the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the American Museum in Britain which feature over 190 and 90 paintings respectively in this volume.
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.