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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Government Art Collection

The Government Art Collection (GAC) places works of art in major Government buildings in the UK and around the world to promote British art, culture and history.

Works are displayed in several hundred locations, including Downing Street, ministerial offices and reception areas in Whitehall, Regional Government Offices in the UK, and diplomatic posts in locations as diverse as Paris, Buenos Aires, Washington and Beijing.

The works can be viewed at www.gac.culture.gov.uk.

The GAC now holds approximately 13,000 works of art by British artists in a variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, textiles and video works, from the sixteenth century to the present day.

The majority of the Collection is on display in Government buildings.

A number of paintings in the Collection by the Victorian artist David Roberts are below.

Born in Edinburgh, he became a house painter then a painter of sets in the theatre.

From 1831 he travelled widely in Europe and the Mediterranean basin and made a fortune with his topographical views. He became a member of the Royal Academy


David Roberts
Interior of St. Peter's, Rome
1853-1854
Oil on canvas
113(H) x 89.5(W)
The British Government Art Collection

David Roberts
Interior of the Duomo, Milan 1857
Oil on canvas
167(H) x 131(W)
The British Government Art Collection


David Roberts
Chapel of the Annunciation, Nazareth c.1839
Watercolour and white heightening on paper
23.5(H) x 34(W)
The British Government Art Collection


David Roberts
The High Altar at Seville Cathedral 1837
Colour lithograph
52.2(H) x 36.6(W)
The British Government Art Collection