Oil Paintings in the Victoria and Albert Museum
(Approx $44.80 or €33.60)
In 1857, the Leeds cloth manufacturer John Sheepshanks gave 233 modern British oil paintings to found a 'National Gallery of British Art'. The gallery built for this gift is the oldest part of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Ever since, the V&A has acquired oil paintings - by gift and purchase- and currently has over 2,500 works in this medium. These range from medieval altarpieces to 19th century Iranian court paintings, and include masterpieces by Botticelli, Turner and Degas, as well as the principal collection of works by John Constable.
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.