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Penlee House is a Gallery, Museum, Cafe and Shop. Situated within Penlee Park, a space to reflect and great for family visits.

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A space for exhibitions & events

Alongside our Exhibition programme we run a variety of community events and workshops. The Newlyn School and Social history galleries change often. Find out what’s on.

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A space for all

Built in 1865, as the home of the Branwell family. Penlee House is home to many paintings by members of the Newlyn School. It is also home to the Penzance Natural History and Antiquarian Society collection.

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The Rain it Raineth Every Day PEZPH : 1989.61


Full Name: oil painting

Brief Description: This title is taken from Shakespeare, most notably from the play King Lear. The painting was sent to the Royal Academy in 1889 but was not hung. It is believed that the committee thought the painting too 'French' in style. When the painting first came into the possession of Penzance Town Council, it was not displayed as it was decided that tourists would be put off by the depiction of Penzance in the rain. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular works in the collection.


Person: Garstin, Norman

Date: b1847, d1926

Production Date: 1889

Frame Height: 1225mm

Frame Width: 1907mm

Image Height: 950mm

Image Width: 1640mm

Medium: oil

Support: canvas

Category: Fine Art

If you are interested in learning more about this item please contact us and reference "PEZPH : 1989.61"

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