All 212,000 of the United Kingdom’s oil paintings are now online, including all 651 of the Wallace Collection’s stunning oils.
Today the Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) and the BBC completed their hugely ambitious project to put online the United Kingdom’s entire collection of oil paintings in public ownership. This makes the UK the first country in the world to give such access to its national collection of paintings. In total, 3,217 venues across the UK have participated in the project and 211,861 paintings are now on the Your Paintings website at www.bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings.
You can view all of the Wallace Collection’s 651 oil paintings on the Your Paintings website by clicking here. Interact with the paintings by tagging them using the special ‘Tagger’ feature, by adding them to your personal online collection of favourites, or by browsing through other paintings by the same artist at institutions across the UK.
Your Paintings is a partnership between the PCF and the BBC. The PCF started making a photographic record of the UK’s oil paintings in 2003. The Your Paintings website, built by the BBC, was launched with 63,000 paintings in June 2011. The project covers paintings not only held by museums and galleries but also works in
universities, local councils, hospitals and even paintings held in fire stations, zoos and a lighthouse. Typically 80% of these paintings are not on view whilst the vast majority have never been photographed. All oil paintings owned by the nation are shown irrespective of perceived quality and condition.
40,000 paintings have been added to Your Paintings in the final upload of paintings to the site, including those at Wallace Collection, and a whole host of other national museums, galleries, and public institutions.