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Study for Self Portrait

Study for Self Portrait 1963

Francis Bacon (1909–1992)

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

To celebrate the publication of 100 quizzes (and the final bumper 101st), we look back at some of the quirkiest facts and trivia about art and artists in public museums in the UK. (Please note that the competition relating to the final quiz has now closed.)

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A 'Forest Floor' Still Life of Flowers

A 'Forest Floor' Still Life of Flowers

Rachel Ruysch (1664–1750)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The Dutch artist Rachel Ruysch painted this 'forest floor' still life now housed in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She specialised in still life and flower paintings and was one of the best known female artists of the seventeenth century, even becoming the court painter to the Elector Palatine, Johann Wilhelm in Düsseldorf.

Japanese Musician

Japanese Musician 1921–1925

Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864–1933)

National Trust for Scotland, Broughton House & Garden

The Scottish artist Edward Atkinson Hornel, whose work can be found in the National Trust for Scotland was greatly influenced by Japanese culture and photography.

A Corner of the Artist's Room in Paris

A Corner of the Artist's Room in Paris 1907–1909

Gwen John (1876–1939)

Sheffield Museums

This painting in the collection of Museums Sheffield depicts the Parisian attic studio of Welsh artist Gwen John, who had moved to Paris in 1904 to study under James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

In the Red

In the Red 2002

Kanak Chanpa Chakma (b.1963)

Gallery Oldham

The Bangladeshi artist Kanak Champa Chakma is also an activist for the Chakma Hill people. She is known for her paintings focusing on the lives of women and this one is from Gallery Oldham.

French artist Édouard Vuillard painted this portrait in 1903. It depicts a brunette model in the artist's studio in Rue Truffaut in Paris, where his mother ran a family sewing business. It was recently acquired by Pallant House Gallery in Chichester as part of the Acceptance in Lieu scheme.

Eyes and No Eyes

Eyes and No Eyes 1887

Frank Bramley (1857–1915)

Penlee House Gallery & Museum

The Newlyn School artists who worked in the Cornish town of Newlyn often used the 'Square Brush' technique to give the paint surface a particular vibrancy. This painting is in the collection of Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance.

Benjamin West's painting in Derby Museum and Art Gallery depicts the Seven Years' War. West was an American-born artist who settled in London.

The Byam Family

The Byam Family c.1762–1766

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788)

The Holburne Museum

Found in the collection of the Holburne Museum, BathThomas Gainsborough painted this portrait of the Byam Family in the early 1760s – but retouched it after it was finished. He added the couple's child, and also changed the colour of Mrs Byam's dress from pink to fashionable blue. Who needs Photoshop?

Allegory of Fortune

Allegory of Fortune

Lorenzo Lippi (1606–1665)

National Museums NI

The woman in this painting by Lorenzo Lippi represents the allegory of fortune. It's in the collection of Ulster Museum in Belfast. The monkey, who appears to be selecting playing cards, symbolises chance. This theme was popular during the Renaissance and is derived from the classical idea of fortune being an unpredictable force which must be seized to ensure success.

The Little Foot Page

The Little Foot Page 1905

Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (1872–1945)

Walker Art Gallery

The Pre-Raphaelite artist Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale painted this work found in the Walker Art Gallery (part of National Museums Liverpool) in 1905. She studied art in London, working firstly as an illustrator before teaching at the Byam Shaw School of Art.

Saint Jerome and a Donor

Saint Jerome and a Donor c.1563

Paolo Veronese (1528–1588)

Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Biblical figure in this painting by Paolo Veronese is Saint Jerome and housed in the Dulwich Picture Gallery. This is one of the four remaining fragments of the Petrobelli Altarpiece, which was cut up and divided in the eighteenth century.

Daniel Lambert (1770–1809)

Daniel Lambert (1770–1809) c.1800

British (English) School

Compton Verney

In the late Georgian period, this large gentleman named Daniel Lambert was known for being the heaviest man in England. He weighed 53 stone (335 kg). This painting is housed in Compton Verney, Warwickshire.

An Old Woman Cooking Eggs

An Old Woman Cooking Eggs 1618

Diego Velázquez (1599–1660)

National Galleries of Scotland

Diego Velázquez was only around 18 years old when he painted this work An Old Woman Cooking Eggs (1618) housed in the National Galleries of Scotland. The young artist began his career by painting many kitchen and tavern scenes, known as 'bodegones' in Spanish.

The Russian artist Léon Bakst was commissioned by James de Rothschild in 1913 to paint a set of panels illustrating Sleeping Beauty for his London house, using family members, their staff and family pets as models. This work, which took nine years to complete, is now housed in Waddesdon Manor.

Still Life with Apples

Still Life with Apples c.1878

Paul Cézanne (1839–1906)

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Vanessa Bell found this painting by Paul Cézanne in a hedge (!) after it was bought by the economist John Maynard Keynes at the sale of the artist's collection in Paris, in 1917. Returning from France by car, Keynes left it as a surprise in a hedge at Charleston, the house in Sussex rented by Bell. It now belongs to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère 1882

Édouard Manet (1832–1883)

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

This famous painting by Édouard Manet found in the Courtauld Gallery shows a barmaid at the Folies-Bergère in Paris. The red triangles on the bottles to the left and right in the painting show that she was serving Bass pale ale, thought to be the first trademark ever registered in the UK. The sale of this English ale at the Folies-Bergère added to the venue's reputation as a cosmopolitan spot.

Sarah Siddons (1755–1831)

Sarah Siddons (1755–1831)

Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788) (after)

y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery & Library

The actress Sarah Siddons famously fainted at the sight of the Parthenon Marbles. She became widely known for her roles in tragedy, her most famous being Lady Macbeth. This painting by Thomas Gainsborough is found in y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Wales.

Countess Golovina (1766–1821)

Countess Golovina (1766–1821) 1797–1800

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842)

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

One of the most popular paintings in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, this portrait of Countess Golovina by French artist Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun was painted during the artist's exile from revolutionary France in the 1790s.

Winter Sea

Winter Sea 1925–1937

Paul Nash (1889–1946)

York Museums Trust

Paul Nash created this dark seascape between the 1920s and 1930s, while he was living in Dymchurch on the Kent coast, not long after serving during the First World War. It reflects his poor mental health and his conflict with being a 'war artist without a war'. Now, it is one of the most popular artworks housed in York Art Gallery.

Chiswick House, Middlesex

Chiswick House, Middlesex c.1742

George Lambert (c.1700–1765) and William Hogarth (1697–1764)

English Heritage, Chiswick House

This view of Chiswick House and Gardens belongs to the English Heritage collection. Although the landscape was painted by George Lambert, the figures in the foreground were completed by the artist William Hogarth.

Hands of Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)

Hands of Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) c.1874

Joseph Edgar Boehm (1834–1890)

National Trust, Carlyle's House

These are the hands of the British historian, satirical writer, essayist, philosopher, mathematician and translator, Thomas Carlyle. Created by Joseph Edgar Boehm in 1874, they can be found in Carlyle's House, run by the National Trust.

Hecate: Procession to a Witches' Sabbath

Hecate: Procession to a Witches' Sabbath before 1620

Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652)

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House

The artist Jusepe de Ribera painted this work inspired by the Greek goddess of magic, Hecate. Her retinue included those who died before their time. The work is housed in the Wellington Collection, Apsley House.

The Heart of the Empire

The Heart of the Empire 1904

Niels Møller Lund (1863–1916)

City of London Corporation

This panorama by Niels Møller Lund was painted from the rooftop of the Royal Exchange and belongs to the Guildhall Art Gallery. Its title refers optimistically to the British Empire at its height.

Portrait of a Woman

Portrait of a Woman 1881–1883

Mary Cassatt (1844–1926)

Birmingham Museums Trust

Impressionist painter Mary Cassatt created this portrait of an unknown woman, now housed in the collection of the Birmingham Museums Trust. It is one of only two oils by the artist in a UK public collection. (The other is in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.)

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah 1852

John Martin (1789–1854)

Laing Art Gallery

This painting by John Martin depicts the Biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah and can be found in Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. You can see Lot and his daughters running away in the foreground.

The Pinch of Poverty

The Pinch of Poverty 1891

Thomas Benjamin Kennington (1856–1916)

Foundling Museum

This children's author Jacqueline Wilson was inspired by this painting by Thomas Benjamin Kennington found in the Foundling Museum, London.


Rivière 2000

Alison Watt (b.1965)

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums

Artist Alison Watt was inspired by the French Neoclassical painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres when she painted this work found in Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums.

Genius of Greek Poetry

Genius of Greek Poetry 1878

George Frederic Watts (1817–1904)

Watts Gallery – Artists' Village

The poem The World is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth inspired the artist George Frederick Watts to create this work housed in the Watts Gallery.

William III (1650–1702)

William III (1650–1702) 1734

Henry Cheere (1703–1781)

Bank of England

Dressed as a Roman general, this statue of William III was commissioned by the Bank of England and is found in their collection.

The Fair Toxophilites (English Archers, Nineteenth Century)

The Fair Toxophilites (English Archers, Nineteenth Century) 1872

William Powell Frith (1819–1909)

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

In the nineteenth century, archery became a suitable sport for young women. This work by William Powell Frith is housed in Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum.

Still Life with a Lobster, Fruit, Silver and China Ware

Still Life with a Lobster, Fruit, Silver and China Ware c.1660

Abraham van Beyeren (1620/1621–1690)

Dundee Art Galleries and Museums Collection (Dundee City Council)

Dundee's McManus Gallery holds this sumptuous work by Abraham van Beyeren. If you look carefully into the silver jug, you can see a reflection of the artist.

Silver Birches

Silver Birches c.1824–1828

John Sell Cotman (1782–1842)

Norfolk Museums Service

The landscape painter John Sell Cotman taught the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. This work belongs to the Norfolk Museums Service collection.

The Beach at Trouville

The Beach at Trouville 1870

Claude Monet (1840–1926)

The National Gallery, London

We know this painting by Claude Monet in The National Gallery, London was painted outdoors because there are some grains of sand embedded in the paint.

Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring

Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech Ring 1943

Laura Knight (1877–1970)

IWM (Imperial War Museums)

This work in the Imperial War Museum is by Laura Knight. Although industrial machinery was a new element in her art, she excelled in representing it with great accuracy. The subject here is Ruby Loftus, who was also adept at proving herself in a traditionally male environment.

Eve at the Fountain

Eve at the Fountain 1822

Edward Hodges Baily (1788–1867)

Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Eve at the Fountain was the first art acquisition of the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. The artist Edward Hodges Baily is possibly best known for creating the statue of Lord Nelson on Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.

Kenneth Mackenzie Clark (1903–1983), Baron Clark

Kenneth Mackenzie Clark (1903–1983), Baron Clark 1931–1933

Dora Gordine (1895–1991) and Morris Singer Art Foundry Ltd (founded 1927)

Dorich House Museum, Kingston University

Dora Gordine's portrait head of the art historian Kenneth Clark was delayed in 1944 after she broke her wrist. It can be viewed at the Dorich House Museum, London.

Green, Red and Orange Streaks

Green, Red and Orange Streaks 2000

Ellie the elephant (active 2000)

Wellcome Collection

This painting in the Wellcome Collection is by Ellie of Nashville, who happens to be an elephant.

The Laughing Cavalier

The Laughing Cavalier 1624

Frans Hals (c.1581–1585–1666)

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection holds Frans Hals's Laughing Cavalier, in which the jovial gentleman wears a costume embroidered with lovers' knots, flaming cornucopia, and arrows. These emblems are all symbolic of the pleasures and pains of love, leading to suggestions that this work was painted as a betrothal portrait.

The Lion at Home

The Lion at Home 1881

Rosa Bonheur (1822–1899)

Ferens Art Gallery

This large canvas of lions is by French artist Rosa Bonheur. It is housed in Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the home of Hull City football club, known as the tigers...!

Head of a Basque Shepherdess

Head of a Basque Shepherdess 1922

Mark Gertler (1891–1939)

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Jewish artist Mark Gertler was a prolific painter who also designed packaging for Cadbury's chocolate. This painting of a Basque shepherdess can be found in the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Large and Small Form

Large and Small Form 1934

Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975)

The Pier Arts Centre

Barbara Hepworth created this sculpture Large and Small Form (1934) using white alabaster. It now belongs to the collection of the Pier Arts Centre.

The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott (from the poem by Tennyson)

John William Waterhouse (1849–1917)

Falmouth Art Gallery

Falmouth Art Gallery's most famous work Study for the Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse is based on the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. This painting is an oil study for the finished version that resides at Leeds Art Gallery.

A Rake's Progress: 3 – The Orgy

A Rake's Progress: 3 – The Orgy 1734

William Hogarth (1697–1764)

Sir John Soane’s Museum

William Hogarth's series A Rake's Progress was set in Covent Garden, which, during the artist's time, was one of the roughest areas of London adjoining the slums around Seven Dials and St Giles. This work can be found in Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

Letitia Ann Sage

Letitia Ann Sage 1785

unknown artist

Science Museum

This painting in the Science Museum commemorates the life of Mrs Letitia Sage, the 'first English female aerial traveller', meaning she was the first woman to ride in a hot air balloon.

Woman in a Bomb Blast

Woman in a Bomb Blast 1974

F. E. McWilliam (1909–1992)

F. E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio

In the early 1970s, F. E. McWilliam created a series of figurative bronze sculptures called the Women of Belfast in response to the Northern Ireland Troubles and, in particular, the Abercorn Tea Room bomb. This is in the F. E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge.

Still Life with Boats, St Ives, Cornwall

Still Life with Boats, St Ives, Cornwall 1930

Christopher Wood (1901–1930)

Museum & Art Swindon

In Swindon Museum and Art Gallery is Christopher Wood's painting from 1930, which depicts the Cornish town of St Ives. There, Wood resided alongside Ben Nicholson with whom he 'discovered' the painter Alfred Wallis.

Draenog y Môr / Bass

Draenog y Môr / Bass 1956

Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe (1901–1979)

Oriel Môn

Charles F. Tunnicliffe produced a personal image library of more than 300 detailed and accurate drawings of wildlife specimens. This illustration of bass fish can be found in the collection of Oriel Ynys Môn, Wales.

However Incongruous

However Incongruous 2011

Raqs Media Collective

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

RAQS Media Collective was inspired to create this sculpture found in Yorkshire Sculpture Park after looking at Albrecht Dürer's woodcut print of a rhinoceros made in 1515.



John Nost Sartorius (1759–1828)

The National Horseracing Museum

This fine painting of a horse is in the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket. He was one of the finest racehorses of all time, winning over 30 races. But perhaps best of all, his name was a pun. It was written Potoooooooo or Pot-8-Os, but pronounced 'potatoes'!

Fanny Eaton (1835–1924)

Fanny Eaton (1835–1924) 1861

Joanna Mary Wells (1831–1861)

Yale Center for British Art

This portrait of the Jamaican Pre-Raphaelite muse Fanny Eaton, by Joanna Boyce Wells, can be found in the Yale Center for British Art collection. This portrait may have been a study for a painting of Queen Zenobia of the Palmyrene Empire, which was never completed due to the artist's death shortly after this work was created.

William Hesketh Lever (1851–1925), 1st Viscount Leverhulme

William Hesketh Lever (1851–1925), 1st Viscount Leverhulme 1918

William Strang (1859–1921)

University of Liverpool

This portrait of the industrialist and art collector Viscount Leverhulme is in the Victoria Art Gallery and Museum, University of Liverpool. In 1913, the Suffragette Edith Rigby set fire to his summer retreat in Rivington, near Bolton.

Scene amoureuse

Scene amoureuse 1913–1914

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891–1915)

Heritage Doncaster

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska was a member of the British Vorticist movement, an avant-garde group that formed in the early years of the twentieth century. The group created the publication BLAST. This work is in Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.

Battle of Adowa

Battle of Adowa

unknown artist

Horniman Museum and Gardens

This painting in the Horniman Museum, London depicts the Battle of Adwa (1896), which marked the decisive victory for Ethiopia against the invading Italian forces.

Judd's Farm

Judd's Farm 1912

William Nicholson (1872–1949)


This painting by William Nicholson in 1912 depict's Judd's Farm, which once stood on the cliffs at Rottingdean, part of the South Downs National Park. The work is housed in the Towner Eastbourne collection.

Pietro Paolo Sarpi (1552–1623)

Pietro Paolo Sarpi (1552–1623)

unknown artist

Bodleian Libraries

This portrait found in the collection of the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, shows Sarpi, a Servite monk and historian who was violently attacked in 1607 for criticising the Catholic Church. The black mark on his cheek covers the scar.

Katheryn of Berain (1540/1541–1591), ‘The Mother of Wales’

Katheryn of Berain (1540/1541–1591), ‘The Mother of Wales’ 1568

Adriaen van Cronenburgh (c.1525–c.1604)

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

According to legend, the Tudor noblewoman Katheryn of Berain, sometimes called 'the Mother of Wales' (because she had so many children), dispatched of her lovers by pouring molten lead into their ears. (The skull isn't from one of her victims...)


Untitled c.1964

Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011)

Paintings Collection

This abstract composition in the Victoria and Albert Museum is by the artist Helen Frankenthaler, who was affiliated with the American Abstract Expressionists.

Blasted Trees

Blasted Trees (blue version)

William Rothenstein (1872–1945)

Bradford Museums and Galleries

The artist William Rothenstein was commissioned to record battlefield scenes in France in 1917. Works such as this one in Bradford Museums and Galleries reflect his depictions of war-ravaged trees.

Pair of Bronze Arms

Pair of Bronze Arms c.1929

Kathleen Scott (1878–1947)

Scarborough Museums and Galleries

This pair of arms by sculptor Kathleen Scott is housed in Scarborough Museums Trust. The arms belong to the Irish writer George Bernard Shaw.

In a Tokyo Garden

In a Tokyo Garden 1893–1895

George Henry (1858–1943)

Perth & Kinross Council

In 1893, George Henry travelled to Japan alongside Edward Atkinson Hornel. Located in the collection of Perth and Kinross Council, this painting depicts a Tokyo garden in the 1890s.

Subadar Khudadad Khan (1888–1971), VC, 10th Baluch Regiment

Subadar Khudadad Khan (1888–1971), VC, 10th Baluch Regiment 1952

Henry Charles Bevan-Petman (1894–1980)

National Army Museum

Khudadad Khan was the first Indian soldier to win the Victoria Cross after eligibility for the award was extended in 1911 to Indian officers and men of the Indian Army. This work by Henry Charles Bevan-Petman is in the National Army Museum.

Seascape with a Ship and a Jetty

Seascape with a Ship and a Jetty (verso) c.1930–1935

Edward Morland Lewis (1903–1943)

Carmarthenshire Museums Service Collection

The artist Edward Morland Lewis was a radio operator in north Africa, where he died of malaria in 1943.

The Parting Cheer

The Parting Cheer 1861

Henry Nelson O'Neil (1817–1880)

National Maritime Museum

This painting by Henry Nelson O'Neil was painted in 1861, the same year that the US civil war started. The inclusion of a black man in the crowd is understood to indicate the artist's support for the anti-slavery movement. 

Miss Jarman as Mary, Queen of Scots

Miss Jarman as Mary, Queen of Scots c.1830

J. S. Harvey

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

Ellen Ternan, the daughter of the famous nineteenth-century actress Frances Jarman, was notoriously the mistress of Charles Dickens. The affair started when she was 18, and Dickens 45. This portrait of her is in the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in Birkenhead.

Cheeky Little Astronomer

Cheeky Little Astronomer 2013

Yinka Shonibare (b.1962)

Royal Academy of Arts

This work by Yinka Shonibare found in the Royal Academy, examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity.

Madat Ali (Indian Soldier)

Madat Ali (Indian Soldier) 1918

Alfred James Munnings (1878–1959)

The Munnings Art Museum

Alfred Munnings sketched Indian soldier Madat Ali during the First World War. This drawing is in the Munnings Art Museum. Munnings himself was deemed unfit to fight as he was blind in his right eye due to an accident.


Cambuskenneth 1810–1840

Alexander Nasmyth (1758–1840)

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum

This work from the collection of the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum is by landscape painter Alexander Nasmyth. He was the art tutor of Mary Somerville, who became famous as a mathematician and astronomer. You can see her paintings on Art UK too. Somerville College, Oxford is named after her.

Get Back in Your Shell Like

Get Back in Your Shell Like 2017

Emma Hart (b.1974)

Government Art Collection

Get Back in Your Shell Like by Emma Hart is one of 68 works from the Government Art Collection that were displayed around Waltham Forest in 2019 as part of 'Ways of Seeing' for Waltham Forest Borough of Culture. This piece was on display in Leytonstone Library.

Winter's White Silence

Winter's White Silence 1923–1924

Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869–1958)

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum

The artist Lucy Kemp-Welch was renowned for her images of horses, such as this example from Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. She also provided the illustrations to the 1915 edition of Anna Sewell's Black Beauty.

The Unexpected Meeting

The Unexpected Meeting 1927

Ancell Stronach (1901–1981)

Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

This 1927 work, The Unexpected Meeting, is in the collection of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture. The artist Ancell Stronach resigned from the Glasgow School of Art in 1939 to join the circus! His act featured birds and was billed as 'Ancell's 40 Painted Pigeons'...

Still Life

Still Life c.1905–1906

Samuel John Peploe (1871–1935)

Museums & Galleries Edinburgh – City of Edinburgh Council

In 1905 Scottish Colourist S. J. Peploe moved into a studio in Edinburgh's New Town – the studio had been created by Henry Raeburn over a century before! Peploe painted this still life in his new space, now in the collection of City Art Centre, part of Museums & Galleries Edinburgh.

Thomasine Blight (1793–1856), the White Witch of Helston

Thomasine Blight (1793–1856), the White Witch of Helston 1856

William Jones Chapman (1808–after 1870)

Royal Institution of Cornwall

Tamson (Thomasine) Blight, known as the White Witch of Helston, had an occult rivalry with her own husband! This portrait of her is in the collection of the Royal Institution of Cornwall.


Invasion 1992

Lubaina Himid (b.1954)

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Lubaina Himid was the first black woman to win the Turner Prize, in 2017. She was affiliated with the BLK Art Group in the 1980s, which had its roots in Wolverhampton. This piece is in the collection of Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

A Neapolitan Child

A Neapolitan Child

Sophie Anderson (1823–1903)

Leicester Museums and Galleries

Sophie Anderson was one of the first women artists whose work was collected by public galleries. In this work, bequeathed to the collection of Leicester Museum & Art Gallery in 1894, you can see Mount Vesuvius in the background.

Spring Landscape

Spring Landscape 1914

Paul Nash (1889–1946)

Jerwood Collection

Noted war artist Paul Nash completed this picture shortly before the outbreak of the First World War and it's now in the Jerwood Collection. Before he became a war artist he had been invalided home from the front after breaking his ribs falling into a trench.

Impression of the 1922 Guild

Impression of the 1922 Guild 1922

William Pritt (1870–1944)

Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Preston's Harris Museum has a painting by William Pritt of the Preston Guild in 1922, a major civic celebration which evolved from the gatherings renewing guild membership. The Preston Guild has taken place every 20 years since 1542 (not including 1942). It was first recorded in 1179 and the next one is in 2032!

Ageing Man Washing

Ageing Man Washing 1954

Louis le Brocquy (1916–2012)

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Art Collections

In 2000, Irish artist Louis le Brocquy became one of a handful of British and Irish artists to sell a work for over £1 million during their lifetime. (The other three were Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and David Hockney.) His Ageing Man Washing is in the collection of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

Studio with Gloves

Studio with Gloves 1993

Shani Rhys James (b.1953)

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Shani Rhys James' works often feature gloves, the colour red and a self portrait. See if you can spot all of them in this painting from the collection of the National Library of Wales.

Martello Tower at Bulverhythe, East Sussex

Martello Tower at Bulverhythe, East Sussex c.1867

Sarah Louisa Kilpack (1839–1909)

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

The artist Sarah Louisa Kilpack, known for her stormy scenes, originally trained as a pianist – she turned to art after the death of her father. This work is in the collection of Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.

Trace II

Trace II 1982

Kim Lim (1936–1997)

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

Sculptor Kim Lim, who found inspiration in the art of ancient civilisations, was married to another sculptor – William Turnbull. Works by both of them feature in the Arts Council Collection.

The Hand Made Map of the World

The Hand Made Map of the World 2013

Tam Joseph (b.1947)

Ben Uri Collection

Dominican-born artist Tam Joseph worked on The Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine. This work in the Ben Uri Collection playfully reorders conventional geographies.

Until 1798, every year on Ascension Day, the doges of Venice took a massive floating palace called the Bucintoro to the Adriatic Sea to perform the 'Marriage of the Sea' ceremony, symbolically wedding Venice to the sea. The Bowes Musem has this magnificent Canaletto in their collection showing the 35-metre-long boat returning from the ceremony.

Prototype for 'Winged Figure'

Prototype for 'Winged Figure' 1961–1962

Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975)

The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield has a full-scale prototype of Barbara Hepworth's Winged Figure that's on the side of the John Lewis store in London's Oxford Street.

A Scene in a Village Street with Mill-Hands Conversing

A Scene in a Village Street with Mill-Hands Conversing 1919

Winifred Knights (1899–1947)

UCL Culture

Winifred Knights was the first woman to win the prestigious Prix de Rome, in 1920. Her winning entry is in the UCL Art Museum.

Marie Anne De La Tour d'Auvergne, née Mancini, Duchesse de Bouillon

Marie Anne De La Tour d'Auvergne, née Mancini, Duchesse de Bouillon c.1672–1673

Benedetto Gennari the younger (1633–1715)

National Portrait Gallery, London

Well-to-do seventeenth-century ladies liked to be painted cosplaying as Cleopatra. This example from the National Portrait Gallery shows the Duchess de Bouillon about to dissolve a pearl in a cup of wine.

Elsie on 'Hassan'

Elsie on 'Hassan' 1929–1930

Laura Knight (1877–1970)

Nottingham City Museums & Galleries

Before she undertook work as a war artist in the Second World War, in the late 1920s Laura Knight spent two years following a circus. One of her many paintings from this time is in the collection of Nottingham City Museums.

Music Room of the Royal Pavilion as a Hospital for Indian Soldiers

Music Room of the Royal Pavilion as a Hospital for Indian Soldiers 1915

Charles Henry Harrison Burleigh (1869–1956)

Brighton & Hove Museums

It took just six days to transform the Royal Pavilion in Brighton into a hospital for wounded Indian soldiers. This painting by C. H. H. Burleigh from the collection of Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries shows it in action.

Einstein and the Jealous Monk

Einstein and the Jealous Monk 2004

Chris Gollon (1953–2017)

Kirklees Museums and Galleries

Chris Gollon's painting Einstein and the Jealous Monk in the collection of Kirklees Museums and Galleries in Huddersfield is inspired by the lyrics to Bob Dylan's Desolation Row (off his album Highway 61 Revisited).

Portrait of a Lady with a Parrot

Portrait of a Lady with a Parrot 1564

Antonis Mor (1512–1516–c.1576)

The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

In sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch paintings, a parrot represented prosperity, as seen in this example from the Hunterian in Glasgow.


Clytie 1895

Frederic Leighton (1830–1896)

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Culture Service, Leighton House Museum

The sunset in Frederic Leighton's Clytie was inspired by his visit to Donegal in Ireland. This version is in Leighton House Museum.

A. N. Hornby (1847–1925)

A. N. Hornby (1847–1925) 1893

John Collier (1850–1934)

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Blackburn-born Albert Neilson 'Monkey' Homby was the first person to captain international teams in both cricket and rugby. He also played football for Blackburn Rovers! (Unsurprisingly, his portrait is in Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery.)

The Holy Family

The Holy Family

Jacob Jordaens (1593–1678)

Southampton City Art Gallery

Jacob Jordaens substantially revised this painting of the Holy Family in the collection of Southampton City Art Gallery, removing what's thought to have been a goldfinch from Jesus' hand. The discovery was made by examining X-rays taken by The National Gallery.

Man Proposes, God Disposes

Man Proposes, God Disposes 1864

Edwin Henry Landseer (1802–1873)

Royal Holloway, University of London

Edwin Landseer's Man Proposes, God Disposes is covered with a Union Jack when exams are taken in the university's picture gallery, as Royal Hollway students think they will fail if they sit near it. The painting commemorates the ill-fated 1845 mission of Sir John Franklin to find the North-West Passage.

Alexander Wilson (1766–1813), Poet and Ornithologist

Alexander Wilson (1766–1813), Poet and Ornithologist

J. Cairns

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Renfrewshire Council Collections

The 'father of American ornithology' was, in fact, a radical Scot from Paisley named Alexander Wilson, who was repeatedly incarcerated for his libellous poems and distributing radical propaganda. His portrait is in the collection of Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.


Rosamund exhibited 1908

Mary Elizabeth Stormont (1871–1962)

Rye Art Gallery

The artist Mary Stormont founded the Rye Art Gallery Trust in 1957 when she bequeathed her collection of around 100 pictures.

Louis Black (1820–1866)

Louis Black (1820–1866)

James Irvine (1822–1889)


Brazilian-born former slave Louis Black lived in the Scottish town of Montrose for decades in the nineteenth century. His portrait by James Irvine is in the ANGUSalive collection.

Meirioneth Moors

Meirioneth Moors 1890

George Harrison (1839/1840–1910)

Bangor University

Betws-y-Coed was the location of the first artists' colony in Britain. This view of the Meirioneth Moors in the collection of Bangor University is by George Harrison (one of the artists who joined the colony, not the guitarist of The Beatles).

Palace of Westminster on Fire, 1834

Palace of Westminster on Fire, 1834 after 1834

unknown artist

Parliamentary Art Collection

The Houses of Parliament burnt down in 1834 because the Palace of Westminster's Clerk of Works decided to burn tally sticks in the indoor furnace instead of an open bonfire. This painting of the fire is in the Parliamentary Art Collection.

Charles, 9th Lord Cathcart

Charles, 9th Lord Cathcart c.1753–1755

Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792)

Manchester Art Gallery

In the eighteenth century, some people wore silk patches to cover their battle scars, as seen in this portrait of Charles, 9th Lord Cathcart by Joshua Reynolds in the collection of Manchester Art Gallery.

The Prisoner

The Prisoner 1907–1908

Evelyn De Morgan (1855–1919)

De Morgan Collection

The peacock feather in this work by Evelyn de Morgan in the De Morgan Collection is a symbol of immortality. Will you achieve immortality with your quiz results? Only time will tell...

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