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Hertfordshire County Council

Between Jan–April 2018, we consulted people on our plans to dispose of various pieces of artwork in our art collection.

Art given to local organisations

We have now contacted galleries, museums and other local organisations in Hertfordshire that showed an interest in parts of the collection.

112 works that have a distinct connection to Hertfordshire have been accepted as gifts. These include works by Michael Brennard-Wood, Maurice Field, Launce Gribbin, Robin Mackertich, Leo McDowell, John Mills, Brynhild Parker and Marie Whitby.

We'll continue to make arrangements to gift other works to local organisations over the next few months.
 

Auctions

160 paintings were offered to the public at Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers in Cambridge on 21 March 2019. See the lots that were auctioned

Two further auctions of works from our collection will be held at Cheffins on 25 April and 23 May 2019.

Cheffins Fine Art Auctioneers
Clifton House
1-2 Clifton Road
Cambridge
CB1 7EA

01223 213343 – contact Cheffins Fine Art team to buy a catalogue.


The works include pieces from British 20th century artists, including the surrealist John Tunnard and the vorticist artist, Edward Wadsworth.

Also included are works by Barbara Hepworth, Carel Weight, Julian Trevelyan, Michael Ayrton, Keith Vaughan and John Minton.

 

Art we're keeping

Works we're keeping include 5 wall hangings by the pre-eminent British artist weaver, Peter Collingwood. One of these is displayed in Welwyn Garden City Library and plans are being made for the 4 other works to be conserved and publicly displayed.

Also being retained are works by notable Hertfordshire artists including John Akers, Rory J Browne, Mary Hoad, Henry Moore and David Stowe.

Background

The categories or artwork we consulted about are:

  1. Acrylics and oil paintings
  2. Drawings and watercolours
  3. Lithographs and silkscreens
  4. Aquatints and etchings
  5. Miscellaneous works

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