This volume brings together over 1,900 oil paintings from 42 collections across Northern Ireland. Included are collections as diverse as Hillsborough Castle, Derry City Council Museum Service, Larne and North Down Councils and other organisations such as Belfast City Hall, the Royal Hospitals, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Queen’s University, Belfast and the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Northern Ireland is rich with local artists, catalogued are oil paintings by John Lavery, T. P. Flanagan, Richard Croft, William Scott, Henrietta Rae and Frank McKelvey.
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.