In the Thanet District Council art collection there is some artwork by Philip James de Loutherbourg (1740 to 1812) a English artist of German origin. In the TDC collection there are Loutherbourg prints from Margate and Ramsgate and they can easily be researched on the internet. However, the content of Ramsgate artwork in general in the TDC collection is a bit of a mystery. Last year TDC did loan twelve works of Ramsgate artwork to the Ramsgate Town Council for the Custom House HQ and there were some loans from the TDC collection by Loutherbourg at the Ramsgate Maritme Museum.
As mentioned in the previous posting there is so few Ramsgate works of art in the public domain and this situation realy needs to be addressed. One solution I suppose the Town Council could consider is aquiring restrikes which are not reproductions, but restrikes taken from engraved plates of the original print. This beauty by Loutherbourg titled "Ramsgate Pier" can be purchased for £64.95 from www.easyart.com