Great British Art Tour Quiz: 17th Century Selfie, Scallop and Small Dog | Art and design


Each of these works, and the answers to our questions, featured in our series that explored highlights from public collections across the country while art galleries and museums were closed. You can read the four months series here, produced in collaboration with UK Art, which brings together the nation’s art on a digital platform and tells the stories behind the art. If you find any errors or want to give us feedback, good or bad, please contact us.

Filters and flattering angles for selfies aren’t a 21st century invention. What did Godfried Schalcken hope to accomplish with this great self-promotion work that can be seen in the Leamington Spa art gallery?



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Thomas Paine, writer and political activist, is immortalized in bronze in Thetford, his hometown, holding his 1791 book, Human Rights. What’s wrong with the statue?



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Lady Montagu’s portrait can be seen at the Sheffield Museum. A remarkable woman, she is today celebrated as a medical pioneer. Why?



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Controversial sculpture by Maggi Hambling on Aldeburgh Beach pays homage to which British composer?



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Barnard Castle may have found itself the innocent butt of many jokes last summer, but here’s a real reason to visit: The Bowes Museum, named after its founders, John and Josephine (who painted this work ). Where did the two meet?



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Le Rodeur: The Pulley by Lubaina Himid is part of the government art collection. Where is it currently located?



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This is Mrs. Sage. Why was she famous?



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Richard Hamilton’s Swingeing London ’67 captures the moment Mick Jagger and art dealer Robert Fraser were in custody on their way to court. Why had they been arrested?



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This Oxford University’s portrayal of Queen Charlotte Sophia, wife of George III, became a focus earlier this year. Why?



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“[She] goes deep into the dungeon, as if entering the primordial soup of creativity or the cerebral cortex of the brain. Artist Tom Hammick – residing at Glyndebourne Opera House – on his painting Underworld (An Escape), but what opera inspired his work?



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This large three-panel painting – 3.5m wide and 2.5m high – was commissioned by Lady Anne Clifford to mark her accomplishments and celebrate her family, especially her wives. But why is Lady Anne only visible on two of the panels?



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Elisabeth Frink’s masked male figure (one of a series of four) was inspired by the Riace Warriors, two life-size Greek bronzes found in 1972 and dated to around 500 BC. Where were the bronzes found?



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This tender portrait of Edith Ailsa Craig and her cat was painted by her partner Clare Atwood. Who was the third (human) member of their household?



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Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery novel – the second bestselling book of the 19th century – has served as the basis for films, cartoons and plays. But what improbable form has history taken here, in this work which is now in the collection of the Whitworth Art Gallery?



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This Battersea Park burrow, unveiled in 1985, replaces an old Edwardian memorial which at one point was supposed to benefit from 24-hour police protection. Why?



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