In total, some 2,500 paintings are reproduced in colour over 362 pages. The dimensions are 29.5 x 23.5 cm and the catalogues typically weigh between 1.8–2.8 kg.
This County Durham volume reveals all the oil paintings in public ownership in County Durham. By far the largest collection in this county is that of The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle. Its fine holding of European paintings, including works by El Greco, Goya and Tiepolo, is made accessible in its entirety for the first time in this catalogue. Other collections shown include those of Durham University, Darlington Borough Art Collection, Durham County Council and Durham City Council.
Auckland Castle; Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum; Bishop Auckland Town Hall; Darlington Borough Art Collection; Durham County Council; Durham County Council (Derwentside); Durham County Council (Durham City); Durham County Council (Easington); Durham County Council (Wear Valley); Durham Light Infantry Museum; Durham University; Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum; The Bowes Museum