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Hertfordshire County Council

We're proposing to dispose of 428 artworks.

Consultation closed

The consultation period for feedback closed on 1 April 2018.

If you've expressed an interest in acquiring any artwork through the survey, we'll be in touch.


We have a collection of 1,826 works of art, the majority of which were bought by the council between 1940 and 2000 and many are now in storage.

Professional art consultants reviewed the collection in 2016. We'd now like to reduce the collection to 167 works that are highly significant to the history of Hertfordshire.

To start with, we're proposing to dispose of 428 works. Later in 2018, we'll develop plans for the remaining 1,232 works that have been identified for disposal. Any money raised would go towards the conservation of the 167 important works we're keeping.

Categories of artwork

  1. Acrylics and oil paintings – 112 works including the Great Bardfield artists Edward Bawden and Kenneth Rowntree, and Sussex Modernist artist Edward Wadsworth.
  2. Drawings and watercolours – 70 works.
  3. Lithographs and silkscreens – 95 works.
  4. Aquatints and etchings – 114 works.
  5. Miscellaneous works – 37 works, including lino cuts, pots and textiles.


Consultation timetable

CategoryConsultation startConsultation end

Acrylics and oil paintings

22 Jan 2018

4 Feb 2018

Drawings and watercolours

5 Feb 2018

18 Feb 2018

Lithographs and silkscreens

19 Feb 2018

4 March 2018

Aquatints and etchings

5 March 2018

18 March 2018

Miscellaneous works

19 March 2018

1 April 2018