July 22, 2008

Take a Fresh Look at a Newlyn School Classic


Features Editor

A NEW exhibition exploring one of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery's most admired artworks will open on Saturday

A Fish Sale... Explored will take a fresh look at the well-known Newlyn School painting A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach by Stanhope Forbes.

The exhibition will use the painting as its sole focus and will bring its historic context to life with a selected range of objects and artefacts including a study dating from 1884, on loan from Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance; letters from Forbes to his mother from Tate collections; a model of the Mount's Bay lugger The Mystery, on loan from the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro and an exhibition catalogue for the 1885 Royal Academy Exhibition where A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach was first seen by the public.

The exhibition will also incorporate preserved fish specimens from the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery's own natural history collections.

There will be an interactive area for children and families with dressing up costumes and other activities including a chance to compose your own Fish Sale.

'A Fish Sale On A Cornish Beach' is one of the museum's most popular artworks and is usually displayed alongside other Newlyn School paintings that the Museum owns.

The exhibition will be backed by a full events and activities programme including lunchtime talks on September 2, 16 and 23 and workshops.

A Fish Sale... Explored will be on display at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery from Saturday, July 26, until Saturday, November 1. Opening hours are 10am to 5.30pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Admission is free.

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