Wedgwood Collection named favourite ArtFunded work of 2014

  • 9 December 2014

The Wedgwood Collection, which was saved for the nation earlier this year following an Art Fund campaign, has been named your favourite Art Fund-supported acquisition of 2014.

One of the world's most important industrial archives and a unique record of 250 years of British ceramics and social history, the Wedgwood Collection was saved from being sold off on the open market earlier this year following an Art Fund-led fundraising campaign.

The full results

  • 1. The Wedgwood Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum and Wedgwood Museum – 36%
  • 2. Grayson Perry, Map of Days, Victoria Art Gallery – 18%
  • 3. Anthony Van Dyck, Self Portrait, National Portrait Gallery – 12%
  • 4. John Piper, group of works, National Museum Cardiff – 12%
  • 5. Personal archive of William Henry Fox Talbot, Bodleian Library – 9%
  • 6. Granodiorite status of a lector priest, British Museum – 5%
  • 7. Lee Bul, After Bruno Taut: 'Devotion to Drift' – 3%
  • 8. Joshua Reynolds, Self Portrait and Sketchbook, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery – 2%
  • 9. Pair of busts of Roman emperors, Wimpole Hall – 2%
  • 10. Wolfgang Tillmans, three photographs, Walker Art Gallery – 1%

In an online poll of more than 2000 readers, the Collection received more than twice as many votes as the second most popular acquisition, Grayson Perry's Map of Days, which was bought by the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. 

Van Dyck's stunning final self-portrait, saved for the nation following a public appeal by the Art Fund and the National Portrait Gallery, received almost 300 votes to be ranked your third favourite acquisition.

A group of John Piper's paintings of Snowdonia, held to be among the painter's greatest works, came fourth with 12% of the votes. The personal archive of William Henry Fox Talbot, a Victorian polymath who invented pioneering photographic techniques, rounded out the top five with almost 200 votes.

Other highlights of the year's acquisitions include a self-portrait and sketchbook produced by Joshua Reynolds, acquired by Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, and a unique Egyptian statue of a lector priest, bought by the British Museum.

Korean sculptor Lee Bul's utopian model Devotion to Drift, commissioned by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery with an Art Fund grant, was the most recent work to be included, with a group of three photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans completing the contemporary highlights.

A pair of 17th-century carved marble busts showing the Roman emperors Trajan and Galba, which were returned to Wimpole Hall after being sold off more than two and a half centuries ago, completed the top ten. 

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