This catalogue reveals over 2,000 publicly owned oil paintings from collections across the county. The largest single collection is the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum magnificently housed in a historic building on the cliffs above Bournemouth. Small collections include Dorset County Museum and Poole Museum. Gathered together in this one volume, the wide range of stylistic landscapes, still lifes, seascapes and portraits all share common themes. Dorset's collection of oil paintings is as discreet, understated yet compelling as the county itself.