In this second volume of paintings from the London Borough of Camden the true depth and breadth of Camden’s artistic heritage is brought to light. The Iveagh Bequest at Kenwood astounds with its collection of masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Reynolds and Gainsborough, while the work of 20th-century Jewish émigré artists, such as David Bomberg, Mark Gertler and Jacob Kramer, is revealed in the Ben Uri’s impressive collection. The Foundling Museum’s splendid Hogarths sit alongside the works of other Museum Mile members such as the Library and Museum of Freemasonry and the Charles Dickens Museum. The great institutions of the British Museum and British Library, not primarily known for their paintings, are represented here, along with many of the royal colleges, educational, medical and professional bodies that crowd this fascinating London borough.
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.