Penlee House acquires 19th century painting

  • 8 June 2011

Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance, Cornwall, has acquired a charming 19th century oil painting by Marianne Stokes, an Austrian-born artist who was a renowned member of the Cornish art world.

Lantern Light by Marianne Stokes

Lantern Light by Marianne Stokes

Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance, Cornwall, has acquired a charming 19th century oil painting by Marianne Stokes, an Austrian-born artist who was a renowned member of the Cornish art world.

Entitled Lantern Light, it is the first work by the artist to be acquired by the museum. It was purchased thanks to support from the Art Fund,  who contributed £17,250 towards the total cost of £37,250.

Lantern Light depicts a young boy polishing glasses in a dark room illuminated with light from a lantern. The setting is the St Ives Arts Club, where the artist was a member. In this intimate yet striking painting, Stokes beautifully captures the glow of the lantern and its delicate reflections on the glassware. The work is undated, but was shown at the Royal Academy in 1888 and in the Walker Art Gallery’s autumn exhibition the same year, and then toured to Birmingham and around Australia.

The work goes on display at Penlee House on Saturday 10th June.