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Amongst Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall at Two Temple Place

from 26/01/2013 to 14/04/2013

Event: Amongst Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall at Two Temple Place

Location: Two Temple Place, WC2

Amongst Heroes: the artist in working Cornwall is an exhibition of 19th century art from west Cornwall. The artists working around towns such as Newlyn and St Ives were attracted to the area by the quality of the light and low cost of living and mainly focused on the working lives of the Cornish people and their surroundings.

The painting A Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach (1885), by the half-French artist Stanhope Forbes, takes centre stage at the exhibition, showing the fishwives on the beach at Newlyn near Penzance during a beach auction. The painting caused a sensation at the Royal Academy causing a new interest in social realist art from Cornwall, now the subject of this exhibition.

Two Temple Place is a Victorian neo-Gothic mansion overlooking the river built for the wealthy American William Waldorf Astor. The house was opened to the public in 2011 as a venue to showcase publicly owned art from regional UK collections.