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Government Art Collection

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pieces from the Government Art Collection have been reported missing in each year since 1997; and what the monetary value of each such piece was. (323709)

[holding answer 23 March 2010]: There are more than 13,500 works of art in the Government Art Collection's (GAC) holdings, on display in over 400 different buildings in the UK and around the world. The GAC carries out audits remotely and in person and some works are occasionally reported as missing from their previously reported locations. The GAC make extensive searches, after which time, many of the items are accounted for.

This table details those Government Art Collection prints and paintings which have been reported as missing since 1997 and not yet recovered:

Year went missing

Work/artist

Value (£)

1997

Sacred Place 20/50 by M. Ayrton

50

1997

NW Prospect of Gloucester by S. & N. Buck

500

1997

E Prospect of Burton on Trent

500

1997

Sheep at Dusk near New Tredegar by C. Molyneux

25

1998

Charles Abbott 1st Baron Tenterdon by W. Owen

250

1998

Alex Wedderburn 1st Earl Rosslyn by J. Reynolds

50

1999

The Tate Gallery by J. Griffiths

50

2000

Poppies with Sunflowers by M. Thompson

50

2000

How to make 16 Squares out of Forty Rods by M. Porter

50

2000

Jesus College, Cambridge by J. Trevelyan

50

2000

The Deer House, Bishop Auckland, County Durham by J. Thirsk

30

2000

View of Walton Bridge from Oatlands by Farington

75

2000

Fawley Court and Henley by Farington

75

2000

NW Prospect of City of Bristol by S. and N. Buck

500

2000

Jesus College, Cambridge by J. Trevelyan

50

2001

Exhibition Room, Somerset House by Rowlandson

100

2001

The Mosque of Sultan Achmet by anonymous

100

2001

Syon House by A. Bury

50

2001

On London Bridge by Edwin La Dell

50

2001

Offering to Jupiter by M. Rocca

80,000

2001

Lake Landscape by G. Arnald

35,000

2001

Landscape by E. Williams

60,000

2001

St. James's Park and Banqueting House by A. Highmore

60,000

2001

Sir Woodbine's Parish by T. Phillips

5,000

2001

The Cathedral of St. Magnus, Kirkwall, Orkney by W. Daniell

20

2002

Boys and Girls in Boats, Windsor by L. Rosoman

30

2002

Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman by W. Strang

100

2002

Regent Street looking towards the Quadrant by T. S. Boys

100

2002

Westminster Abbey, West Front by T. H. Shepherd

30

2002

Richmond Castle, Evening by D. Muirhead

30

2002

St. Paul's 15/75 by J. Trevelyan

100

2002

Shadwell Park 4/75 by J. Piper

300

2003

The Rose Garden, British Embassy, Washington by E. Croner

100

2003

The New Law Courts, Main portion of Strand Facade by G. E. Street

50

2003

The New Law Courts, Portion of the West Front by G. E. Street

50

2003

Stepping Stones by T. Gilman

2,200

2003

Paradox No. IV 15/25 by D. Hirst

25

2004

Blackfriars from Southwark Bridge by T. Shotters Boys

100

2005

Gondola III 39/100 by M. Krosh-Frishman

50

2005

3ra Day of Creation A/P by E. Sharf

50

2005

Hall of Christ Church Hospital by T. Rowlandson and A. C. Pugin

75

2006

Penman-Mauer taken from near Aber, North Wales by W. Daniell

20

2007

The New Foreign and India Offices: The Park Front by M. Jackson

50

2007

The Grand Staircase at the New Foreign Office by anonymous

50

2007

Boats A/P by R. Jarvis

100

2007

Horse Guards from the Old Entrance, Scotland Yard by M. A. Rooker

500

2008

Monument to Balance 4,30 by Ernest A. Dunn

100

2008

The Wording of Police Charges 37/150 by R. B. Kitaj

500

2008

Plague 37/150 by R. B. Kitaj

500

2009

The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in Chichester by L. Knyff

250

2009

Bambridge on Trial for Murder by Committee of House of Commons by W. Hogarth

200

2009

The Railway Station by W. P. Frith

600

2009

Derby Day by W. P. Frith

600

2009

Leaving by D. Evans

500

2009

House Plant 2/25 by Boyd and Evans

500

2009

Evening Menu 31/70 by P. Caulfield

1,600

2009

Untitled by P. Collingwood

3,000

This table details Government Art Collection prints and paintings which were reported missing but subsequently recovered:

Year went missing

Work/artist

Value £

2001

Dung Gate, Jerusalem by H. G. Gray

1,000

2001

Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem by H. G. Gray

1,000

2001

Zion Gate, Jerusalem by H. G. Gray

1,000

2001

St. Stephen's Gate, Jerusalem by H. G. Gray

1,000

2001

Damascus Gate, Jerusalem by H. G. Gray

1,000

2001

Herod's Gate, Jerusalem by H. G. Gray

1,000

2001

Golden Gate, Jerusalem by H. G. Gray

1,000

2001

The Citadel, Jerusalem by H. G. Gray

1,000

2003

The Mansion House looking towards Cheapside by T. Malton

50

2003

Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868) Lord Chancellor by R. Bowyer

50

2003

A Perspective View of Lincoln's Inn by J. Maurer

75

2004

Forced Labour 34/250 by A. Hrdlicka

500

2004

Cartmel Fell, Windermere 45/100 by N. Ackroyd

500

2004

Les Premiers Astres 21/50 by J. Dickson

50

2005

Calcutta by H. Salt

1,000

2005

Lower Wessex Lane, Summer 9/10 by Stevens

50

2005

Lower Wessex Lane, Spring 28/75 by Stevens

50

2005

Stand On The Green by R. Burn

50

2005

Key Print to Field Marshal, the Duke of Wellington giving orders to his Generals previous to a General Action

50

2006

Abstract by S. Kaner

100

2007

Rival 29/100 by Procktor

400

2007

Sir William Chambers by F. Cotes

75,000

2007

Shipping by J. T. Serres

7,000

2008

Yellow Square Plus Quarter Blue 30/72 by W. Scott

3,000

2008

Mudbanks by J. Trevelyan

500

2008

Calypso 36/50 by J. Trevelyan

500

2008

Breeze I 40/50 by J. Brunsdon

50