British Impressionists ...and some automata

25 Jun 2011 - 10 Sep 2011

Cornwall played a major role in 20th century British Impressionism - one of the most popular movements in British art. This exhibition features important loans from Cornish collections and includes work by Sir John Arnesby Brown, Dame Laura Knight, Sir Alfred Munnings, Henry Scott Tuke, and John T. Richardson.

The exhibition will show that the tradition of impressionism is still strong today, and will include work by major contemporary Cornwall-based artists today such as Ted Dyer, Robert Jones, Andrew Tozer and Ben Warner.


Displayed alongside will be masterpieces by Falmouth's automata makers. These are bound to make a good impression!

Supported by

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Brown, Sir John Arnesby RA (1866-1955): A Summer Day - a study for 'A June Day', Royal Academy 1913 (228), signed and dated 1913, inscribed on reverse, oil on canvas, 60 x 71.5 cms. Presented to the Corporation of Falmouth in 1923 by Alfred A. de Pass, in memory of his sons.

Crosby, Anthony (born 1958): Not as weird as fish, automaton, 42 cms high. Commissioned in 2004 with grant aid from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.