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Explore the poetic paintings of natural scientist, farmer and artist Mary Newcomb in this survey exhibition looking back at her life and career.

Shining a light on the unique visual language and relationship with nature of self-taught artist Mary Newcomb, this exhibition at Compton Verney constitutes the most extensive survey of her work to date.

Born in Harrow-on-the-hill in 1922, Newcomb studied Natural Sciences at Reading University and it was not until 1950 that she began to paint. Her works, like her life, were centred around nature and the observation of the everyday.

The exhibition features over fifty paintings, displayed together with excerpts from her writing and work by artists that inspired her. It showcases Mary Newcomb’s unique style and remarkable talents while placing her career in the context of her contemporaries, including Stanley Spencer and LS Lowry. 

Prints & drawingsPaintingModern artWest MidlandsMuseum


Compton Verney

Compton Verney House, Near Kineton, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

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