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Private and public art collections around the United Kingdom


Much of the best art in England is in private collections, yet in a lot of cases the general public can request to view it.

The greatest collection owned by any individual is — you guessed it — the Queen’s. The Royal Collection — asserts that it is kept on behalf of the country, and it is worth holding them to that to see something phenomenal.

Access to Windsor Royal Library ( uk) is totally free and available to anybody that can justify entry. If you have the cheek to demand access, you can study some of the most beautiful artworks worldwide in its gothic space: boxes and boxes packed with illustrations by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Holbein. With adequate persistence, you can perhaps see artworks by Vermeer, Tintoretto and Rembrandt that hang in the royal palaces, while few are bold enough to try this.

Owners of other exclusive collections provide restricted public admission to their treasures in return for a tax cut. HM Revenue and Customs features an internet database of these collections and where to find them. Attractions include paintings by Rubens and Bruegel at Wilton House, Wilton, Salisbury; British works including pictures by Lely, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Van Dyck at Knole House, Sevenoaks, Kent.

Inaugurated in 2007, the Zabludowicz Collection — ‘s London campaign space presents exhibitions of collection works and new commissions by painters linked to the collection. Its varied program consists of group and solo exhibitions, residencies, commissions, and Testing Ground, an annual initiative for advanced schooling in the arts and curating.

St Bart’s hospital plays home to various stunning artworks by William Hogarth. Unlike most of Hogarth’s works, which tend to be bawdy studies of daily life, the two artworks in this medical facility address biblical stories: The Good Samaritan and Christ treating an ill man at the Pool of Bethesda.

Hogarth offered to create the imagery for the hospital as he learned that hospital directors were originally planning to ask a Venetian artist.

Furthermore in Leeds, yet also in a healthcare facility, a portrait of Charles FR Brotherton (who offered financial support for the hospital), created by early Modernist artist Jacob Kramer, is put up in the primary entryway of the Brotherton Wing in Leeds basic infirmary.

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