104,000 down, 96,000 to go...

December 16 2011

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Picture: Your Paintings / National Trust

The fabulous folks at the Public Catalogue Foundation are over half way through putting the nation's oil paintings online for us to enjoy for free. They've just finished uploading another 40,000 since the project went live earlier this year, including the above landscape by Thomas Gainsborough in the collection of the National Trust.

When the project is completed, Britain will be the first nation in the world to have our entire publicly owned collection of oil paintings online. How cool is that? And how lucky are we? It's all been done for free, with no government support. We owe a debt of thanks to the PCF, its director Andrew Ellis, and the man who came up with the idea in the first place, Dr Fred Hohler. More details on the latest milestone here. There's still a way to go, however, and the PCF needs to raise the final funding for it - to do your bit, please donate here

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