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

Newlyn School Interiors

Image: The Accprdian Player, 1888, Elizabeth Adela Forbes, Private Collection.

Coming Soon:

Newlyn School Interiors 

Image: 'The Jubilee Hat', 1887, Frank Wright Bourdillon, Private Collection, On loan to Penlee House Gallery & Museum.

Penlee House is closed due to Coronavirus. Once it is safe for us to re-open, we will be showing Newlyn School Interiors until 14 November. Check back for updates about our reopening 
The Newlyn School artists are famous for painting outdoors, 'en plein air'. The Cornish light and landscape attracted painters to Newlyn, but once here, they found inspiration not just outside, but also within local homes, sail lofts and schools. 
Bringing together a fine selection of Newlyn School interiors, including works by Walter Langley, Stanhope Forbes, Elizabeth Forbes and Frank Bramley, the exhibition will give an insight into the living conditions of Victorian Newlyn. 
Ground floor galleries. 

Coming in 2021: Laura Knight, A Celebration
28 April till 11 September 2021

Laura Knight 1877 – 1970, A Dressing Room at Drury Lane, c.1952, Oil on canvas, Sefton MBC Leisure Services Department, Arts and Cultural Services, Atkinson Art Gallery

Originally planned for summer 2020, this exhibition has been postponed due to the Coronavirus crisis. We do hope that you can join us for this unique celebration of Laura Knight’s career in 2021.  

Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of Britain's best-loved twentieth century artists. Over her long career, Knight painted scenes in Cornwall, Yorkshire and Worcestershire. She became fascinated by performers, especially in the circus, and developed a talent for capturing the extraordinary within the everyday. 
The exhibition features stunning landscapes, portraits and three of her spectacular wartime commissions. 
Ground floor galleries. A selection of Newlyn School paintings will be on display upstairs in Gallery 5. 
This exhibition has been made possible with a grant from the Western Loan Programme with Art Fund. The exhibition has been supported by the Friends of Penlee House. 
This exhibition is accompanied by a book: Laura Knight: A Celebration edited by Elizabeth Knowles     

It is necessary to close some of the galleries between exhibitions, so please do check what is open before making a special journey during those times. Click here for 2020 dates

Not all the paintings are on show at any one time. If there is a particular picture that you would like to see, please let us know in advance of your visit or on the day.

CLICK HERE for a PDF of the current brochure

CLICK HERE for past exhibitions