Your Paintings: The Badminton Game

A new BBC initiative, Your Paintings, aims to uncover some of the 200,000 publicly-owned oils which are not currently on display in England's museums and art galleries.

In a one-off programme on BBC One, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen tells the story of a painting with a local background.

'The Badminton Game', by artist David Inshaw, once hung on the walls of 10 Downing Street.

It was painted in 1971 after Mr Inshaw moved to Devizes.

The painting was originally titled after a poem by Thomas Hardy, and is one of several by the artist that is influenced by the landscape of Wiltshire and in particular by houses and gardens in Devizes.

"A moment in time"

Mr Inshaw says of the work: "My main aim was to produce a picture that held a moment in time, but unlike a photograph, which only records an event.

"I thought a painting could give a more universal, deeper meaning to that moment by composing one instant from lots of different unrelated moments."

The painting was exhibited at the ICA Summer Studio exhibition in London and was subsequently acquired by the Tate Gallery.

But now it languishes in a storage vault, hidden away from the public who helped to pay for it.

The painting is just one of thousands that are publicly owned but not on display.

Now, in partnership with the Public Catalogue Foundation, the BBC is helping to digitise the UK's vast collection of paintings, making the artwork available to everyone.

You can see Hidden Paintings of the West at 2225 BST on Sunday, 26 June.

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