Penlee Art Gallery and Museum Penzance Cornwall

Penlee Art Gallery Museum

Penlee Art Gallery Museum – Nestling in the dramatic, rolling , fecund countryside alongside the picturesquely daunting life giving and taking sea, is a jewel of the South West of England, Penzance, within which is an absolute gem of an art gallery – Penlee Art Gallery  Museum

Small, compact, with a wonderful café and underutilised shop, Penlee House Gallery and Museum contains some absolute riches of the late 19th and early 20th Century Schools of Cornish Art as well as modern masterpieces.

The Artists Penlee Art Gallery Museum

Of particular note at Penlee: Frank Bramley,

Penlee Art Gallery Museum
‘Eyes and No Eyes’ Bramley 1887

Elizabeth and Stanhope Forbes,

Penlee Art Gallery Museum
‘School is Out’ 1889 Elizabeth Forbes
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‘On Paul Hill’ Stanhope Forbes 1922

Henry Scott Tuke,

Penlee Art Gallery Museum
‘Dinner Time’ 1883 Henry Scott Tuke

Walter Langley

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Among The Missing by Walter Langley









and to represent the modern era, Kurt Jackson and Michael Praed.

The Pictures Penlee Art Gallery Museum

Penlee’s pictures are evocative of the Cornish way of life and for us all, that mix of optimism, joy and tragedy. Genre scenes of everyday life. Social realism, the Newlyn and Penzance Schools of Art, were highly fashionable at their time. Now a little obscure in the face of louder vogue ‘to be seen and identify with’ Avant garde.

Penlee: ‘The Fairy Story’

Take for instance the artist Penlee’s Garnet Ruskin Wolesley (1884 – 1967), who painted this piece The Fairy Story’ in 1908. Have we heard of him? A member of the Newlyn School of Art, in his time he was a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy and the The New English Art Club. Is he known today? Would you have his Penlee picture ‘The Fairy Story’ at home on your wall?

The Fairy Story at Penlee Art Gallery Museum
Garent Ruskin Wolesley The Fairy Story 1908

French Impressionism

Interesting to compare Penlee’s work with later French Impressionism and the Post Impressionists for such a call.

The Cornish

Plain and simple depictions of the Cornish folk as viewed through the eyes of those artists drawn to this corner of England. To dwell and work within its light and lifestyle, epitomises at Penlee.

Our allotted span 

An hour or two browsing Penlee is a joy to enjoy and is surely one of those indulgences worth contributing from our allotted span.