Poems, Plays and Fairytales

Penlee House Gallery and Museum

15 June – 7 September 2013

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £4.50)

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Charting the move from realism to literary-inspired work by Newlyn artists such as Elizabeth Forbes and William Wainwright.

The Pied Piper of Hemelin by Elizabeth Adela Forbes, c. 1900, ArtFunded 2003

Inspired by the writing of Shakespeare, Keats, Browning and others, Newlyn artists such as Elizabeth Forbes, Thomas Cooper Gotch, Henry Meynell Rheam and William Wainwright began to produce work that challenged the imagination as well as the eyes. 

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In the book 'Singing from the Walls', Judith Cook wrote of Elizabeth Forbes 'Her skill in conveying movement was put to good use in her depictions of lively children. The pastel of the Pied Piper [which was bought by Penlee with Art Fund assistance in 2003,] is a superb example of this: the group of children seems drawn by an irresistible gravitational pull, caught up in one glorious sweep of movement as the piper leads them away from the bright sunlight towards the mysterious darkness of the woods.'

Venue information

Opening times

1 Apr – 31 Oct
Daily, 10am - 5pm

1 Nov – 31 Mar
Daily,​ 10am – 4.30pm

Last admission 30 mins before closing

Closed 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan

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