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

Image: Moonlight, St Ives

By Robert Borlase Smart (1881 - 1947)

Private Collection

© The Artist’s Estate


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 2018 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.

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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.


 Penlee Inspired

24 November 2018-5 January