Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

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Fred Hall: from Newlyn School to Caricature

26 March - 11 June 2016

As well as producing some outstanding rural realist paintings during his time at Newlyn, Fred Hall (1860 – 1948) left a unique legacy in the form of witty caricatures of his fellow artists. Born in Stillington  in Yorkshire, Fred Hall studied in Antwerp alongside Frank Bramley and became a keen advocate of the new ‘square brush’ technique, along with painting in the open air, making him a natural candidate for the new art colony in Newlyn, where he settled from the mid-1880s to 1898. This exhibition brings together a range of work from this versatile artist who also painted not only in Newlyn, but also the landscapes around Porlock and Newbury. 

Holiday Cartoon Workshop with Nick Brennan

Tuesday 31 May from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Join 'The Beano' cartoonist Nick Brennan in this special cartoon workshop for children aged 7 - 13 years. Inspired by Fred Hall's caricatures in the current exhibition, Nick will be showing you how to draw funny faces of yourself and people you know. Cost £4.50. Booking essential. Tel 01736 363625 or email

Family drop-in workshops, every Saturday from 2.30pm - 3.30pm 

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