There are well over 200 works of art in the Lytham St Annes Art Collection which is housed in St. Annes Town Hall.
This Collection had its beginnings in 1925 when John Booth of the local grocery family donated a painting by Richard Ansdell RA called “The Herd Lassie”. This was the start of a steady stream of bequests and donations and in particular the involvement of Alderman James Dawson that started in 1931 when he gifted Ansdell’s impressive “Partridge Shooting”, and whose interest in building up the Collection led him to giving over 50 paintings and sculptures to the Borough for the enjoyment of local residents.
Tagging the Treasures
The Tagging the Treasures project will, for the first time, catalogue the entire collection of paintings, sculptures, artefacts and furniture bequeathed and donated to Lytham St. Annes. Once completed, the catalogue will be made available in printed form and as an online resource for everyone to enjoy. The historic importance of the works will be celebrated and shared through the production of educational resources for all age groups and comprehensive research will enable the project to present eye-catching and informative exhibitions.
You can find more information on the Friends of Lytham St Annes Art Collection by visiting their website: http://www.friendsofthelythamstannesartcollection.org/ (external link)
You can view many of the paintings from the Lytham St Annes Art Collection at the BBC Your Paintings website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/galleries/collections/lytham-art-collection-of-fylde-borough-council-2078 (external link)