Saturday, 16 February 2013

Lancaster's hidden art gems uncovered by BBC 'Your Paintings' project

Lancaster with its old bridge by an unknown artist, held by Lancaster City Museum
Working with the Public Catalogue Foundation, the BBC is creating "Your Paintings": an amazing online archive in galleries large and small around the UK.

Your Paintings aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings and water colours, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country and you can search through it by artist, subject, location or individual gallery or museum.

It's an incredible endeavour, with 21,000 paintings featured so far, including art from several local museums and galleries, including the two very different images of Lancaster and its old bridge featured here, the first by an unknown artist painted in about 1750 and this one attributed to Robert W. Salmon, painted around 1790.

Lancaster with its old bridge atributed to Robert W. Salmon, held by Lancaster City Museum
One bonus to the Your Paintings archive is that it includes paintings that are not on display as well as those that you can go along and view in our area.

The Public Catalogue Foundation is a registered charity set up to create a complete record of the United Kingdom's national collection of oil, tempera and acrylic paintings and make this accessible to the public.

Your Paintings: Lancashire Galleries

Local Gallery Links

Your Paintings: Ashton Memorial

Your Paintings: Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry Museum

•  Your Paintings: The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Lancashire Infantry Museum

Your Paintings: The Judges Lodgings

Your Paintings: King's Own Royal Regiment Museum

Your Paintings: Lancaster City Museum

Your Paintings: Lancaster Maritime Museum

Your Paintings: Lancaster University Management School

Your Paintings: Lancaster Town Hall

Your Paintings: Morecambe Town Hall

Your Paintings: The Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University

Your Paintings: The Ruskin Library, Lancaster University

Your Paintings: hire Hall, Lancaster Castle

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