The Gott Collection, Yorkshire in Pictures Gallery
Saturday 26 July 2014 - Sunday 10 May 2015
This spring, discover how Yorkshire has long been a place of artistic inspiration.
The Gott Collection, bound in ten large volumes, includes 1,200 images comprising watercolours, drawings and prints representing over 200 Yorkshire villages, towns and cities.
This topographical collection includes works by artists such as John Buckler (1770 – 1851) and his son John Chessell Buckler (1793 – 1894), Joseph Halfpenny (1748 – 1811) and J. M. W. Turner (1775 – 1851) among many others.
The Gott Collection was assembled in the 19th Century by John Gott (1830 – 1906), Vicar of Leeds and later Bishop of Truro, and his father William (1797 – 1863), a wool merchant. It was presented to Wakefield Art Gallery in 1930 by Frank Green, a Yorkshire industrialist and philanthropist.
The Gott Collection is an important regional and national resource since many of the buildings, architectural remains and landscapes represented within its pages no longer exist. Until The Hepworth Wakefield opened in May 2011, the Gott Collection had largely been in storage.
A conservation and digitisation project supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation has made it possible to display volumes from the collection in the Yorkshire in Pictures gallery and to make this unique historical, artistic and educational resource more accessible through an online catalogue on The Hepworth Wakefield website.