Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history
Image: Nancledra, 1931
By SJ Lamorna Birch (1869 - 1955)
Bury Art Museum © The Artist’s Estate / Bridgeman Images
 

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. From 11 - 15 June, the Gallery is partially closed while we hang the next exhibition and admission is FREE this week.

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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CURRENT EXHIBITION:

Entranced by a Special Place: the Art of SJ Lamorna Birch RA

16 June - 8 September 2018

A painter of pure landscape, self-taught and self-made, Samuel John Lamorna Birch RA (1869 – 1955) was the founder and father figure of the Lamorna colony of artists and writers in West Cornwall.  Entranced by a Special Place refers to Birch's lifelong association with Lamorna, from where he took his name. This exhibition brings together over seventy paintings, with work from all stages of his life and is being shown as part of the Royal Academy’s 250th Anniversary celebrations. Ground floor galleries. A selection of Newlyn School paintings on view upstairs in Gallery 5.



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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.

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