The great British art quiz: set by Gallery Oldham

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from over 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions.

Today, our questions are set by Gallery Oldham, located in Lancashire, which contains fine art, social and natural history collections, including around 5,000 works of art.

You can see art from Gallery Oldham on Art UK here.

This 1887 painting, Venus Born of the Sea Foam, by William Stott of Oldham (1857–1900), caused a public scandal and an argument between Stott and another artist. Who did he have a physical fight at the Hogarth Club, Fitzrovia, in 1889?

Gallery Oldham holds a stunning portrait of Dame Sarah Lees, by Hugh Goldwin Rivière (1869–1956). What did Lees become known for in 1910?

John William Waterhouse’s (1849–1917) painting Circe is one of the most popular in the gallery’s collection. What does Circe hold in her right hand?

This painting by James Purdy (1900-72), shows the unveiling of Oldham’s war memorial in 1923. Who is the memorial’s sculptor?

Gallery Oldham added the painting Damilola by Nigerian-born artist Titus Agbara to its collection in 2017. What does the Yoruba name Damilola mean in English?

The only painting by Frank Auerbach in the Gallery Oldham collection is EOW on Her Blue Eiderdown. EOW was a model with whom Auerbach worked frequently. What was her name?

Kanak Champa Chakma’s painting In the Red entered the Gallery Oldham collection in 2002. The artist is an activist for the Chakma hill people in which Asian country?

Gallery Oldham holds a collection of watercolours, donated to the people of Oldham by Charles Edward Lees. Included in this group is JMW Turner’s Swiss Alpine Valley. In which year was Turner born?


You got…

A fair stab at a tricky subject

A valiant but somewhat disappointing effort

Like the Inspiral Carpets, your result is Cool as [snip – ed]


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