This catalogue covers a large area; from the Humber down to Lutterworth, from Skegness across to Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Over 2,900 paintings are illustrated, from 57 collections, on display in museums, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, civic buildings, fire stations and a cricket ground. The diversity of the region is reflected in the subject matter, including agriculture and industry, fishing boats and trawlers, coal mining, quarrying, as well as military, religious and sporting scenes. Alongside historical paintings by Constable, Degas, Lowry, Reynolds, Turner and Wright, hang contemporary works by Bacon, Frost, Hitchens and Marc.
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.