Oil Paintings in Public Ownership

Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

Market Lavington Museum is not specifically about oil paintings. In fact, it has just four – all of local scenes or people and by local artists. But just three of these were enough for our collection to be included in the lavish catalogue that the Public Catalogues Foundation has just published. The fourth of our eligible paintings was given to the museum after this first edition catalogue was in production.

Yesterday, our curator attended a reception at Highgrove House, in the presence of the Duchess of Cornwall, to mark the launch of the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire catalogue.

This is a glossy and weighty hard back book running to over 380 pages. Every oil painting held in public collections in the two counties has been catalogued and described. Market Lavington’s collection is there for all to see.

Part of the Market Lavington Museum entry in the catalogue

These two portraits are by Bridget Brooke who used to live at what was then called ‘The Fives Court’ on Parsonage Lane. They show John Craster and Percy Wilkins. Both men also lived in the village. Our third painting in the catalogue is of people at The Day Centre and it was painted by Norman Miller. Should there be a second edition of the catalogue it will also include Pat Stacpoole’s local landscape.

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