Works of Art (2015)

Request

How many pieces of art has the House of Commons bought since 1960 and from whom?

How much did each of the five most expensive pieces of art cost?

Has the House of Commons art collection ever been valued in its entirety? If so, what was the most recent valuation?


 

Response

  1. How many pieces of art has the House of Commons bought since 1960 and from whom?
    This information is not held by the House of Commons. We do not hold a definitive record of works of art acquired for the House of Commons since 1960.
  2. How much did each of the five most expensive pieces of art cost?
    Since 2000, the five most expensive works of art purchased by the Commons were as follows:
    Henry Dawson: Painting of the New Palace of Westminster £270,000
    John Lavery: James Ramsay Macdonald at Lossiemouth £120,000
    Sir Joshua Reynolds: Portrait of 3rd Baron Holland £98,800
    William Orpen: Portrait of Neville Chamberlain £87,037.50
    Anthony Dufort: Statue of Baroness Thatcher £80,000
    All were funded, either wholly or partly, from the Speaker’s Art Fund, a registered charity.
  3. Has the House of Commons art collection ever been valued in its entirety? If so, what was the most recent valuation?
    The House of Commons collection has never been valued in its entirety. The cost of undertaking a valuation exercise for such a large and diverse collection would be costly and the benefit received would not justify the expense incurred.