Acquisitions round-up: Winter 2016

  • 22 December 2016

Find out which works of art we've helped museums and galleries to acquire in the last three months, thanks to National Art Pass members and Art Fund donors.


1. Dieric Bouts the Elder, Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, 1440-75

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co Durham

In this painting the face of St Luke, portrays both age and character and the detailed landscape beyond the colonnade, depicting a walled town and mountains, demonstrates the artist's talent for landscape painting.

2. Pablo Picasso, 16 lithographs and three aquatints, 1947-59

British Museum, London

Among the prints in this set are mythological studies, garden views and six portraits of Picasso's young lover Françoise Gilot, whom he met in 1943.

3. Unknown maker, Elizabeth I cameo ring, c1600

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This miniature carved likeness of Elizabeth I is a fine example of the cameo portraits worn by the Queen's courtiers as a sign of their taste, patriotism and proximity to the monarch.

4. English school, The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I, c1588

Royal Museums Greenwich, London

One of the definitive representations of the English Renaissance, this painting encapsulates the creativity, ideals and ambitions of the Elizabethan era and is among the most famous images of British history and the inspiration for countless portrayals of Elizabeth I.

5. Attributed to Jean Henri de Moor, Pair of silver andirons, 1680-81

National Museum Wales, Cardiff

This magnificent pair of andirons is the finest surviving example of the fashion for French-style silver fireplace furniture in Britain during the reign of Charles II.

6. Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, The Pier at Cove - Loch Long, c1934

Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine

The colour and broad-brush techniques Cadell learnt from painters such as Matisse and Monet can be seen in this study of a steamer alongside the pier at Cove.

7. Unknown maker (cabinets) and Charles Heathcote Tatham (stands),

Pair of ebony-veneered cabinets of architectural form, 1625 (stands c1800), Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

These two magnificent Roman cabinets were made for a member of the princely Borghese family in the early 17th century. They were later mounted on English Neo-Classical stands and displayed as Grand Tour trophies in the Long Gallery at Castle Howard.

8. Joseph Southall, The Agate, 1911

National Portrait Gallery, London

This striking self-portrait shows the artist and craftsman Joseph Southall with his wife, Anna Elizabeth (known as Bessie). They are standing together on a beach, most likely Southwold, Suffolk, where they spent their honeymoon in 1903 and later enjoyed holidays together.

9. Joseph Mallord William Turner, The High Street, Oxford, 1809-10

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Turner painted this atmospheric view of the High Street in Oxford as a commission for the Oxford frame-maker and print-seller James Wyatt. Wyatt paid Turner 100 guineas for the work, which was completed in March 1810.

10. Edward Burne-Jones, The Good Shepherd, 1857-61

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

The Good Shepherd is derived from the first design that Edward Burne-Jones ever produced for stained glass. The window shows Christ dressed as a shepherd bringing home lost sheep.

11. Martin Boyce, Do Words Have Voices, 2011
Tate Modern, London

This installation explores the history and legacy of Modernist design and architecture. The installation includes a piece of furniture and a set of ceiling panels inspired directly by the iconic designs of Jean Prouvé and Oscar Niemeyer.

12. Angus McBean, Collection of photographic prints and collages, 1936-85

School of Art Gallery and Museum, Aberystwyth University

This remarkable group of photographic prints and collages by the Surrealist photographer Angus McBean, includes portraits of theatre stars and other celebrities.

13. Thomas Heath, Set of drawing instruments belonging to John Wood, architect, 1740-50

Museum of Bath Architecture

This extremely high-quality set of 18th-century drawing instruments belonged to John Wood the Elder (1704-54), the architect who was responsible for the aesthetics and plan of Georgian Bath. The set includes a particularly fine ivory sector rule with silver mounts, two pens and a mounted pencil.

14. Steven Campbell, On Form and Fiction, 1989-90

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and Glasgow Life

Campbell's On Form and Fiction was first created as an immersive installation at the Third Eye Centre in Glasgow in 1990. At that time the room was papered with 150 ink drawings and hung with 12 acrylic paintings.

15. Melanie Gilligan, The Common Sense, 2014-15

University of Edinburgh

This video installation comprises 15 episodes of film, each six minutes long. Gilligan shows a world in which a device known as 'The Patch' allows users to transmit their emotions and feelings to others.

16. Alexander Gibson, Gibson & Sons Photographic Archive, 1870-1905

Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance

This remarkable archive of glass plate negatives and photographs captures the changing face of West Cornwall over the period 1870 to 1905.

17. William Stott of Oldham, Le Passeur (The Ferry), c1882

Tate Britain, London

Le Passeur is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of William Stott's short career. It is a sensitive and technically advanced observation of evening light and displays a rich mix of contemporary influences.

18. Chelsea Porcelain Factory, Collection of Chelsea-Derby porcelain, 1770-85
Royal Crown Derby Museum

The Chelsea-Derby partnership employed some of the finest porcelain decorators in the history of ceramics. William Billingsley's unique method of painting delicate pink roses is well represented in this acquisition.

19. Wang Huangsheng, Moving Visions Series No.83 and Moving Visions 140919, 2012-14
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Wang Huangsheng is an artist and director of the Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. Both pictures display a highly skilled and exploratory use of ink with an innovative development of line.

20. Stephen Gill, Lost and Hackney Flowers, 2003-6
Museum of London

These two series reflect Gill's ongoing project to explore London and its diverse culture. For Lost he photographed people consulting maps on the streets of London over the course of a month. For Hackney Flowers he spent two years photographing Hackney Wick Market.

21. Unknown artist, Two fragments of a decorative box of King Amenhotep II, 1427-1397BC
National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

These two fragments are missing parts of a cylindrical box in the Ancient Egyptian collections of National Museums Scotland. It is a masterpiece of craftsmanship that ranks among the finest examples of decorative woodwork to survive from Ancient Egypt.

22. Sue Ryan, Green Sawfish Ghost Net Sculpture, 2016

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

This newly commissioned work is a collaboration between the Australian artist Sue Ryan and the indigenous artist Ricardo Idagi.

23. Unknown maker, The Binham Hoard, c500AD

Norfolk Museums Service, Norwich

These latest finds form part of the largest hoard of gold discovered from sixth-century Britain. Bracteates are pendant ornaments of Scandinavian origin made from gold sheet. This example features a design with an anthropomorphic head.

24. Paul Scott, Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s) The Cockle Pickers' Tea Service, 2006-07

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool

This tea service commemorates the tragic event in 2004 when 21 Chinese cockle pickers drowned which collecting cockles in Morecambe Bay. It highlights the forced labour practices common within many forms of modern-day slavery.

25. George Romney, Five sketches of John Howard Visiting a Lazaretto, 1793

The Higgins Bedford

Although best known as a society portraitist, Romney always aspired to paint historical and literary subjects. These five studies are taken from a sketchbook that depicts the prison reformer John Howard in the dungeons of a plague hospital.

26. Hany Al-Sayed Ahmad Abd Al-Qadir, Second Revolution Khayyamiyya, 2012

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

As one of the younger generation of the 'Tentmakers of Cairo' Al-Quadir made this piece in secret in his home, as his personal reaction to the events of the Tahrir Square Revolution in January 2011. Presented to the V&A by Art Fund through the New Collecting Awards.

27. Unknown maker, Pennanular Brooch, c800AD

Fife Cultural Trust, Kirkcaldy

The Pictish stone carvings at Hilton of Cadboll and Monifieth depict women wearing Pennanular brooches at the breast. They were probably worn by high-status individuals, used as exchange goods and gifts, but also possibly as protective charms and as an expression of faith.

28. Philip Eglin, Scribble, 2015

Aberystwyth University

Philip Eglin is one of the leading figures in ceramics in the UK. His sculptures, vessels and plates are inspired by a Postmodern aesthetic and draws on imagery from art and ceramic history, often overlaid with references to the contemporary world and popular culture.

29. Various artists, Collection of eight Soviet-era posters, currency and badge of honour, 1940-90

British Museum, London

These objects demonstrate the provision of state banking facilities under the planned economy in the USSR; the complex system of orders and rewards that were conferred on citizens and the way in which these systems were dismantled after the collapse of communism. Presented to the British Museum by Art Fund through the New Collecting Awards.

30. James Cromar Watt, Arts and Crafts enamel and pearl set necklace, 1905

National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

This piece features a teardrop pearl below curled scrolls and flanked by chains fitted with smaller pearls and glass beads, complete with six green enamel panels.

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