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I have chosen this photograph of elephants walking down Chapel Street, Penzance in 1913. This incredible sight was captured by photographer William Colenso, whose photographs are part of Penlee House’s large photographic collections. The amazing photography collection includes thousands of images by different photographers, including John Branwell, Francis Frith, James Valentine, Gibson & Sons, Robert Preston and Harry Penhaul. The photographs document the life and times of people living in West Cornwall in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as capturing Penwith’s beautiful landscape.
William Colenso 1845-1942
Elephants walking down Chapel Street, 1913
Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance/Colenso Album
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My favourite thing about Penlee House is the painting Zandvoort
Fishergirl by Elizabeth Forbes, because people said it looked like me
when I was younger!
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My favourite thing about Penlee House is the picture The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Elizabeth Forbes: I think she is a hugely underrated talent and often better than her more famous husband, Stanhope.
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My favourite thing about Penlee House is the 1930s Railway Poster of Penzance where the sun is always shining!
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My favourite thing about Penlee House is the VC awarded to Joseph Trewavas, because it was one of the first ever awarded, made from the metal of captured Russian guns and given to this Mousehole man by Queen Victoria herself - that's an amazing piece of history.
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