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The moving story of the celebrated artist Alfred Munningsís first wife, Florence, first brought to the publicís attention by novelist Jonathan Smith, has now been made into a major new feature film starring Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper (Metrodome Films). The beautiful Florence Carter-Wood met the charismatic artist Alfred Munnings when she came to Newlyn to study at Stanhope Forbesís School of Painting. The couple married in 1912, but their marriage proved disastrous, with delicate Florence seeking solace in the company of gentlemanly Gilbert Evans, the Lamorna Valley land agent.
This exhibition brings together paintings by the artists working in Newlyn and around the Lamorna Valley at that time, giving depth to the story and putting it in context with the lives and work of the main protagonistsí circle. It includes poignant memorabilia, such as Gilbert Evansís personal diaries on which the story of the book and film are based. There are also photographs of the real-life characters, which vividly portray the artistsí lives in pre-WW1 Cornwall.
Florence was a much-loved member of the artistsí circle and she modelled for Laura and Harold Knight as well as Munnings. Several of the paintings of her are included in the exhibition, one of which is The Morning Ride, a stunning portrait by Munnings of his wife on horseback which the artist gave to his friend and rival Evans: this was the painting used as the book cover image.
The exhibition also includes major works by and of fellow Newlyn and Lamorna artists, including Dame Laura Knightís iconic Self Portrait and Nude aka The Model on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, for which the model in question was Ella Naper, another member of the close-knit clique. A rare example of Florenceís own painting is among the exhibits, as well as works by her fellow Forbes students such as Frank Gascoigne Heath, Dod Procter, Garnet Wolseley, Richard Copeland Weatherby and Jill and Geoffrey Garnier.
A visual treat in its own right, for fans of the book or viewers of the film, the exhibition will be a fascinating and moving insight into this halcyon art colony just before its peace was shattered by tragedy and the outbreak of The Great War.
Also on show is a selection of Newlyn School paintings together with Archaeology and Social History displays.
See our Exhibitions page for a list of forthcoming exhibitions
Click here for information about some of our previous exhibitions, including accompanying videos.