Sculpture for all

25th August 2020

News, Student news, Alumni news

Wadham College is participating in a project run by Art UK to digitise the nation’s sculpture collection.

  • Photographer Colin Bell captures the sculpture of Maurice Bowra in the Cloister Garden

    Photographer Colin White captures the sculpture of former Warden Maurice Bowra in the Cloister Garden 

  • Photographing a bust of the Persian poet Ferdowsi, after whom Wadham Library is named.

    Photographing a bust of the Persian poet Ferdowsi, after whom Wadham Library is named.

  • Photographing sculptures in the Old Library

    Photographing sculptures in the Old Library

Photographs of Wadham sculptures, captured by Art UK photographer Colin White, are due to go online in the autumn alongside some 25,000 sculptures from across the nation’s galleries, gardens, museums and spaces. 

This National Lottery funded Art UK project is supported by more than 30 Oxford Colleges and many departments in a bid to open up access to the nation’s art collection for public access and research.
 
Nearly 100 of the College’s oil paintings were added to the Art UK online collection some ten years ago, to widen public awareness and for the benefit of scholarship.
 
Wadham sculptures which will be added to the website include ‘Dependent Beings’, Bronze cast, by John Robinson, (Ante Chapel); ‘Maurice Bowra’ by John Doubleday (Cloister Garden); Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham and James I/VI, (Front Quad); busts of Abu’l-Qasem Ferdowsi by Mehran Ghahari (Library);  Humbert Wolfe by Anthony Padgett (Old Library); Richard Bethel, Lord Westbury (Old Library); Edward Ward by Stothard (picture store); and the Sheldonian Head (Fellows’ Garden).
 
Wadham's Keeper of the Pictures, Emeritus Fellow Dr Stephen Goss commented: "I am pleased that we have now been able to add images and information about our sculptures to the major national web-based catalogue which already includes all our paintings."
 
Art UK is a cultural education charity providing an online showcase for art in every UK public collection, a collaboration between over 3,200 British institutions. Art UK aims to make art available for everyone – for enjoyment, learning and research.