May 20, 2022

New Digitized Collection: National Library of Wales' Oil Painting Collection Goes Online via Your Paintings Project

From the BBC:

The National Library of Wales‘ entire collection of oil paintings has gone online for the entire population to enjoy as part of the Your Paintings project.

Over 1,950 oil paintings in the library’s collection have been photographed and put on the website in the partnership project between the Public Catalogue Foundation and the BBC. It aims to put all of the UK’s oil paintings that are in public ownership, whether on display or in storage, onto the website for all to appreciate and enjoy.

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The project, in partnership with the BBC and Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF), also includes works by Augustus John, Benjamin West, Ceri Richards, and Gwen John.

Your Paintings aims to create an online catalogue of the oils in the national collection, whether on display or in store.

Modern works, including the 21st Century, includes portraits of the footballer Ryan Giggs and the world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe.

Mr Green said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the PCF and the BBC to ensure that our wonderful collection of paintings is widely accessible.

“The oil paintings were the first collection to be published digitally by the library.”

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See Also: UK: Over Half the Nation’s Collection of Paintings Now Online  (December 14, 2011)

See Also: BBC Launches “Your Paintings”; 60,000 Paintings Online From UK National Collections + Crowdsourcing (June 29, 2011)


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