The Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF), in partnership with the BBC, have been able to add all oil paintings in public ownership in Devon, excluding Plymouth and Torbay, to the Your Paintings website for the nation to enjoy.
Your Paintings is a project to create a complete online catalogue of every oil painting in the national collection, at www.bbc.co.uk/yourpaintings. Paintings by Frith, Gainsborough, Lawrence, Reynolds and Sickert are among the 2,150 paintings in Devon that can now be seen on Your Paintings. There are 90 collections across the county that are involved in this ground-breaking national project to reveal paintings that are both on display and in store across the country.
Major collections such as those at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, and the Britannia Royal Naval College are featured alongside smaller collections including The Fairground Heritage Trust, Tiverton Town Hall and the University of Exeter, Fine Art Collection. Together their paintings provide a unique insight into the history and artistic heritage of Devon.
To help the BBC and PCF identify and catalogue what can be seen in each painting, the public is being invited to ‘tag’ the nation’s paintings. Tagging is fun, easy and you don’t need to be an art expert to do it. The results will allow future users of the Your Paintings website to find paintings of subjects that interest them. Your Paintings Tagger is at http://tagger.thepcf.org.uk/