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

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Image: Morning Light, St Ives
By Robert Borlase Smart (1881 - 1947)
Royal Institute of Cornwall / Royal Cornwall Museum
© The Artist’s Estate


Robert Borlase Smart: A Passion for the Sea

15 September - 17 November 2018

Robert Borlase Smart (1881 – 1947) was originally from Devon but made his name as an artist in St Ives. During the First World War, he served with the Artists’ Rifles Regiment and as a Captain with the Machine Gun Corps, and, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice, this exhibition features a selection of his war drawings. It also includes many of his magnificent marine paintings and seascapes depicting the turbulent seas of the West Cornwall coast alongside a selection of work by his students and associates, including Leonard Fuller, Peter Lanyon and Julius Olsson. Ground floor galleries. A selection of Newlyn School paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5.

We are collecting counters in both Penzance Tesco stores to help us with funding for our “Under fives in the Gallery” project. The project introduces babies and toddlers to a gallery environment, with opportunities for them to explore and enjoy art activities. When you do your shopping, please ask for a blue token and pop it in the box with “Friends of Penlee” on it. Thank-you!


Free Family Fun at Penlee House

Drop-in workshops every Saturday from 2.30pm-3.30pm.

For more information, please visit the events page by clicking here.

Friends' Lecture Series

The 2018/19 series, starts in September. Please click here for all the details.