Collection News


Sculpture in the Collection - Sindall's 'The Paddler'

Posted on Sep 17th 2018

The 'Artists' Choice' exhibition, chosen by Bob and Peter Greenhalf, drawn from the Collection and currently in Studio Gallery 6, includes some of our sculpture holdings.

This is Bernard Sindall's 'Paddler' - a textured bronze depicting a reflective female figure gathering up her dress and staring into the water.

It is on long loan to us from Rye Society of Artists.

Paddler Lores

A new book on Sir Frank Short's Sussex by James Trollope

Posted on Sep 13th 2018

A meeting has been arranged with James Trollope, the writer, journalist, broadcaster and art collector.

Two of his recent illustrated books on the work of artists are 'Slater's Sussex - the Colour Woodcuts of Eric Slater' and 'The Colour Woodcuts of Arthur Rigden Read'.

James is just completing a book on Sir Frank Short's Sussex and contacted the Gallery to use two of the images from our extensive collection of Short's prints.

Here is one of them - the etching 'Rye Terrace, 1888' - the view from Hilder's Cliff towards Fishmarket Road, the Salts and accross the marsh.


Call for Info - Oswald Moser and the Dazzle team of WW1

Posted on Aug 23rd 2018

We have had a call from Dr James Taylor (see the 2 entries below) for any further information on Oswald and Mary Louise Moser's work in the Dazzle Team, set up by the Royal Navy at the RA Schools in WW1.

Below you can see them working on the visual designs for specific ships.

Do you have any further information about Oswald Moser and the project? If so please get in touch with us, eg. via the 'Get in Touch page or by phoning.

The image is Moser's self portrait which belongs to the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournmouth (copyright)

Oswald Moser Self Portrait Vlores

Dr James Taylor researches painter Oswald Moser RI, ROI (1874 - 1953)

Posted on Aug 10th 2018

A recent visitor to the Collection was researcher and author Dr James Taylor FRSA, former Curator of the National Maritime Museum.

James curated the exciting exhibition "Dazzle: Disguise and Disruption in War and Art" at St Barbe Art Gallery, Lymington, currently on until 23rd September. This is all about the Dazzle Team of 1917-18 who designed abstract patterns on Britain's ships to confuse enemy submarines during WWI.

One of the artists was Oswald Moser, a young painter who had joined the Royal Navy, who worked with his wife on the scheme at the RA Schools.

We have 2 paintings by Moser in the Collection, one being a portrait of his wife, Mary Louise, shown here. See also the entry below.


Oswald Moser and Mary Louise working on Dazzle designs, 1917/18

Posted on Aug 10th 2018

Dr James Taylor (see entry above) has provided us with 2 photographs of artist Oswald Moser, this one including his wife, Mary Louise, whose portrait by her husband can be seen above.

They are in the ship model testing theatre at the RA Schools and while Oswald peers though a visual apparatus at the arrangement of painted model ships being tested on a painted sea-scape, Mary Louise is shown ready to rearrange the display. It appears that Oswald, who served as a Navy officer, is dressed in his uniform!

Many thanks indeed to Dr James Taylor for this fascinating glimpse into the life of one of our Collection artists.

Photo courtesy of Wilkinson Estate.

Oswald Moser And Wife Working On Dazzle Designs Lores

Two prints have been donated by Leighton House Museum, London

Posted on Aug 5th 2018

Leighton House Museum, past home of Frederick, Lord Leighton, PRA, (1830-1896) has de-accessioned two prints by Sir Frank Short, RA RI, PRE (1857-1945) from their Collection and has offered them to us. We have gladly accepted as they will enhance our already outstanding collection of prints by the artist.

One is an engraving and shows a rocky Rhine landscape and the other is a mezzotint of a river scene. We will be collecting them soon.

The image shows the exotic Arab Hall in Leighton's purpose-built studio house in Holland Park. The Museum is a beautiful and historic place to visit for it's Collection, architecture and interiors.

Leighton House Museum

Art UK's Sculpure Project - we are involved.

Posted on Jul 8th 2018

Back in 2004, our Collection of paintings in oil or acrylic were photographed and catalogued by Art UK as part of their record of all oil paintings in the UK held in public ownership - a huge national project.

You can see the extent and community involvement on their website. The results were also published in large paperback format, county by county, and are available to buy.

We have been invited to participate in their current project, which is to photograph and record all sculpture in public ownership. We have about 20 pieces that fall correctly into Art UK's categories and are pleased to be involved.

Art UK Logo

A Folio Box of 75 Sussex Etchings donated by Edward Twohig RE

Posted on Jun 7th 2018

The Collection has been presented with a custom-made portfolio box of 75 drypoint etchings celebrating Sussex, by Edward Twohig RE. We are deeply grateful for this spectacular donation.

Edward was our recent speaker at a Gallery illustrated talk on the original prints of Sir Frank Short RA, RI, PRE. We have 55 of Short's prints in the Collection - a unique bequest by his daughter Dorothy.

Edward was one of the instigators and curators of the April-May exhibition 'Print REbels' at Bankside Gallery, London, which is now travelling around the country. This exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the founder of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE), Sir Francis Seymour Haden, and shows the work of RE members past and present.

Edward's prints are lively images of the natural landscapes of Sussex and we can't wait to study and share them.

Edward Twohig RE With Portfolio Jun18 Lores

A glowing red painting - 'Rouge' by Nicholas Archer

Posted on May 29th 2018

We have accepted a painting generously offered to the Collection by artist Nick Archer. It met all the criteria specified in our Collection Development Policy and we are most grateful to have this example of work by a prize-winning artist of local and international stature.

The image is mysterious and seems a dream-like glimpse into a scene unexplained. The colours are sprayed and layered on and are a dramatic mix of reds, black and green. The support is a heavy, smooth copper sheet.


Giovanni Piranesi and Henry James at Lamb House, Rye

Posted on Apr 6th 2018

We were delighted to welcome Dr Jerzy Kierkuc-Bielinsky to see the nine works by Piranesi (1720 - 1778) in the Collection.

Jerzy is the National Trust's Curator for London and the South East and is researching the pictures, furniture and decor of Lamb House for its restoration by the NT as the home of various writers, including Henry James and EF Benson.

Our Piranesi engravings were originally owned by James, passed on to EF Benson and later bought by artists Robert McKechnie and Margaret Barnard who bequeathed them to the Gallery.

We looked at some photos showing the Piranesi prints hung in Lamb House hall during Henry James' time.

They will all be on show in Studio Gallery 6 next month.


Eric Ravilious (1903 - 1942), Boy Bird's Nesting

Posted on Jan 29th 2018

The Trustees are very pleased to have purchased an Eric Ravilious print for the Collection.

It is a wood engraving on boxwood showing a climbing boy reaching from the branch of a tree towards a nest. The composition is linear and decorative and the scene also has a romantic 'English' feel to it, showing a pastime redolent of childhood and earlier countryside days. Flying birds have scattered in the sky.

The original edition was of only 15 prints in 1927. This print is from the later Merivale edition of 1987.

Eric Ravilious Boy Birdnesting 1942

Robert Greenhalf SWLA, Wildlife Artist - a new Donation

Posted on Dec 17th 2017

The Trustees are glad to accept the offer by Isabelle Sambrook, of a woodcut by wildlife artist Robert Greenhalf, SWLA, for the Collection. The title is 'Evening Lapwings'.

Robert Greenhalf's woodcuts and paintings are the result of long hours of patient observation in the wilds of the Kent and Sussex marshes and in Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.

He has held many exhibitions around the country and has published several books, including the magical 'Towards the Sea' 1999, a diary and visual record of his walks and observations of wildlife in land, water and seascape.

Robert Greenhalf Evening Lapwings