Provenance of works of art at the Hunterian
Published: 31 May 2001
The Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery has been scrutinising its records to establish those works of art for which it has no reliable provenance for the period 1933-1945.
Following national guidelines the Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow, along with institutions nationwide, has been scrutinising its records to establish those works of art for which it has no reliable provenance for the period 1933-1945.
Out of a total collection numbering more than 1.5 million items, the Hunterian has identified 28 donated works for which such records are inadequate and has, therefore, as required by the guidelines, listed the items
The guidelines were established by the National Museum Directors' Conference Spoliation Working Group who maintain the list.
Inclusion in the list does not in itself indicate any suspicious circumstances, but simply that further provenance information is missing or uncertain. The 28 items consist principally of 17th Century Dutch and Flemish paintings, given to the Hunterian in 1963. The Hunterian is actively pursuing research in this area and would welcome any information which others may able to provide.
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First published: 31 May 2001