Islington art treasures online for first time

12:42 01 April 2012

Godden, John Seymour, 1930–1999  The Church of St Mary Magdalene 1955  © the artist

Godden, John Seymour, 1930–1999 The Church of St Mary Magdalene 1955 © the artist's estate Oil on board 30 x 40cm Islington Local History Centre and Museum

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These are images of some of Islington’s most treasured works of art which have been gathered online for the first time.

Celebrated oil paintings from the likes of Walter Sickert and Roger Fry are among those collected by the Public Catalogue Foundation, in conjunction with the BBC, as part of a project to bring all public oil paintings together on a single website.

Art from the Esoterick Collection, in Canonbury Square, Canonbury, and the Islington Local History Centre (ILHC), in St John Street, Finsbury, have now been digitised on the Your Paintings website.

Members of the public are being asked to tag the body of work to help accurately catalogue the creations, which already include about 125,000 paintings nationwide and 124 pictures from the Islington History Centre alone.

Mark Aston, manager of ILHC, said: “We are very pleased and excited to get these works of art to a wider audience. It’s always a shame that these paintings are tucked away, so it’s good to get them out there in a new form.

“Everyone knows about the more famous artists, but it’s nice to learn about some of the more obscure ones.

“We have some paintings by Vera Skinner, who was producing art in the 40s and 50s, and we want to know more about her. Hopefully, someone might see her work and give us some more information.”

Roberta Cremoncini, director of the Estorick Collection, said: “I am sure that the Your Paintings website will prove to be an invaluable tool for both researchers and the general public alike. The Estorick Collection is delighted to take part in this important – and timely – initiative.”

The project locating paintings up and down the country and cataloguing them has been carried out by 50 researchers and 30 fine-art photographers since 2003.

n Visit www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/

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