UCL Art Museum
UCL Art Collection: An Introduction and Collections Guide
Art Museum produced this comprehensive guide to the UCL art collections
in 2008 with funding from the UCL Museums, Heritage and Cultural
Property Committee. The guide outlines the collection's history,
including the stories behind major gifts, along with detailed
descriptions of over 70 highlights of the collections.
The collection contains over 10,000 artworks dating from
the 1470s to the present day, and includes old master prints and
drawings, neo-classical sculptures, nineteenth-century watercolours,
twentieth-century figure paintings, contemporary prints, and time-based
media works. These diverse objects are linked by a history of
educational use, and the belief of their donors in the importance of art
objects for encouraging learning. Many beautiful and important
individual artworks are held in the collection, but groups of work such
as the Grote, Flaxman and Slade collections are equally important in
documenting the history of collecting, sculptors’ studio practice, and
the history of art education.
Over the years the collection has both inspired and documented the making and teaching of art, and it continues to be a vital resource for teaching, research, exhibitions and events, used and enjoyed by staff, students and the general public.
The guide is edited by Dr. Emma Chambers, who managed the collections for over a decade, with contributions from other curatorial staff.