Tate Research links

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Scarborough' circa 1825
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Scarborough circa 1825
Watercolour and pencil on paper
support: 157 x 225 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856

J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings, Watercolours

Tate is undertaking an ambitious revision of Finberg’s inventory (the only published catalogue, A.J. Finberg’s A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, which appeared in 1909 and is essentially a handlist) and is also cataloguing works on paper by Turner acquired from other sources. Drawing upon a wealth of research conducted inside and outside the museum, the project will see the publication of a comprehensive online catalogue on Tate’s website.

The Camden Town Group in Context

The project is conceived as a broad and multi-disciplinary investigation into the Camden Town Group, its aims, history, impact and achievements.

External links

William Roberts, 'Art dealers hanging a masterpiece' no date
William Roberts
Art dealers hanging a masterpiece no date
Graphite on paper
203 x 254 mm
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2007© The estate of William Roberts

Public Catalogue Foundation, Your Paintings

The PCF has partnered with the BBC to create Your Paintings, a unique website showcasing the entire collection of publicly owned oil paintings across the UK. Your Paintings Tagger, a pioneering crowd-sourcing exercise, will enable Your Paintings to be fully searchable.

The Walpole Society online

Here you can find a selective guide to freely available online resources for the study of British art until the twentieth century.

The art world in Britain 1660 to 1735

A collection of primary sources and research tools for the study of the arts in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Britain.

Court, Country, City: British Art, 1660–1735

A research project stimulating new approaches to British visual culture between 1660–1735, a period that saw profound changes in the nation’s character including an important period of transformation in the visual arts.

Survival in the British Art World, 1800–1840: The Art and Career of John Sell Cotman

This project aims to critically re-evaluate the art and career of the Norwich-born artist John Sell Cotman (1782–1842), an innovative artist working in early nineteenth-century Britain.

The British Art Research School

The British Art research school comprises an internationally unique and significant collection of scholars interested in art in the British Isles and historical territories from the late antique to the contemporary periods. Areas of expertise include:

  • Medieval stained glass, sculpture and architecture
  • Seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century architecture
  • Eighteenth-century painting, sculpture and graphic art
  • Victorian and Modernist painting, sculpture and architecture
  • British art since 1945

Art Detective

Art Detective is a free-to-use online resource that provides a public forum for discussions around publically owned paintings in theUK. Launched in March 2014, Art Detective comprises a digital network built on top of the Public Catalogue Foundation’s (PCF) existing art object database.

Specifically, Art Detective helps curators seek missing knowledge about their collections and engages outside expertise and the informed public in providing this knowledge. Discussions on Art Detective are carefully selected and edited from contributions made via the Art Detective link on the individual painting pages on Your Paintings.

Art UK

In February 2016, following almost two years of preparation, Art UK was launched as the successor to Your Paintings. Whilst the BBC’s role in the project changed, it remained the charity’s lead partner in the initiative. Coinciding with the launch, ‘Art UK’ became the operating name for the charity. The ‘Public Catalogue Foundation’ remains the charity’s legal name.

Art UK was built with funding from Arts Council England, the Scottish Government and a private foundation. A Steering Panel comprising representatives from national and regional museums, the BBC, Arts Council England and Visit England played a key role in guiding the Art UK team on the creation of the Art UK platform.

In summer 2016 Art UK will be expanding the project to include already digitised watercolours, drawings and prints uploaded by collections through a specially developed Collection Portal. This Portal will also allow collections to update their records on Art UK. Also in the summer, Art UK will launch the Art UK Shop, a commercial platform for Art UK Partner collections to sell collection merchandise.

Art UK’s next major digitisation programme will be the nation’s sculpture collection of the last 1,000 years. This will proceed subject to a successful Round Two application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the charity raising the necessary match funding.