Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in London: The Slade and UCL

Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in London

The Slade School of Fine Art has attracted many of the leading names in British art since its foundation in 1871. For the first time in its history, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in London: The Slade and UCL (published 2005 by the Public Catalogue Foundation) enables the public to see all the oil paintings in the Slade Collections at the University College London as well as those in the various departments of UCL. Some 750 full-colour reproductions allow the public to discover early treasures by artists including David Bomberg, Dora Carrington, Paula Rego and Stanley Spencer among others.

The Public Catalogue Foundation, a registered charity, has been set up to record the nation’s entire collection of oil paintings in public ownership and to make this accessible through a series of affordable catalogues. The catalogues are produced on a county-by-county basis. On completion, the series will allow us to see a colour illustration and brief description of every oil painting in our national collection. Collections retain the revenue from the catalogues they sell, and use it for the conservation and restoration of oil paintings in their care.

To find out more about the Public Catalogue Foundation please click here. You can also explore and tag our paintings on the newly launched ART UK website. This is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation and participating collections and museums across the UK. The website aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings and the stories behind them.

To view a list of artists for whom UCL Art Collections are seeking copyright permission please click here. If you are the artist, or a copyright holder for work by an artist listed we would like to hear from you.

To order a copy of Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in London: The Slade and UCL please send a cheque payable to ‘University College London’ to UCL Art Museum, The Wilkins Building, South Cloisters, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT. The price is £15 for softback cover or £35 for hardback cover. Please include £4.50 per copy for pack & post.