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National Inventory of Continental European Paintings

National Inventory of Continental European Paintings

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Main contact:   Andrew Greg

Subject areas:
History of Art - School of Culture and Creative Arts, College of Arts
Information Studies - School of Humanities, College of Arts

NICE Paintings is the first phase of a unique on-line inventory of all the 22,000 pre-1900 Continental European oil paintings in the UK's public collections. The database has been created by the National Inventory Research Project (NIRP), based at the University of Glasgow. It contains detailed records, and an increasing number of digital images, of nearly 8,000 paintings, principally in smaller regional collections. Additional records and images are being added as further funding becomes available.

The aims of the project are:

1. to provide free public access to reliable, up-to-date information about museum collections

2. to help museums research and catalogue their collections

3. to encourage the use of collections in exhibitions and publications to encourage further research on collections.

Non-British paintings are sometimes a comparatively neglected aspect of a museum's collections and deserve to be better known. Researching these paintings in the UK's smaller regional collections has therefore been the priority and focus of NIRP's activities so far.