This catalogue has over 2,300 oil paintings in 28 National Trust properties in the middle of England including the counties of Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Derbyshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, the West Midlands, and Herefordshire. They are from magnificent collections like those at Upton House in Warwickshire, the Robert Adam Curzon family home of Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall and Attingham Park in Shropshire. It also includes the Arts and Crafts and Pre-Raphaelite collection in the Trust’s first acquired house at Wightwick Manor, just outside Wolverhampton and the Elizabethan farmhouse of Moseley Old Hall where once Charles II hid. Paintings from Robert Peake, El Greco, Strozzi, Hogarth, Hackert, Watts, Burne-Jones to Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore at Dudmaston are included.
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.