RAMM earlier this year I've been meaning to visit Plymouth City Museum. For this is the usual home of the gobsmackingly amazing 'Fish Sale on a Cornish Beach' by Stanhope Forbes that was being exhibited in Exeter as part of a special exhibition. I reckoned that there must be other gems in the collection at this great seafaring city. Yesterday, I finally got around to visiting and I wasn't at all disappointed.
Beryl Cook and how fitting it is that this exhibition is in the city where she spent a portion of her life painting its residents. Today they are still evocative of what a good night out in Plymouth actually involves. But you'll have to follow the link to see some of her work. For today I'm showcasing art from ladies whose names have been lost to us. How many more there must be have been through the ages who wielded a brush through chauvinistic times but went unrecognised
Seeing that women used to be chattels of their husbands could it be that their work was passed off as being painted by the old man. Congratulation Mrs da Vinci. Your portrayal of that enigmatic smiling bird really is a corker!
Pegaret Anthony that I've showcased previously.
Hearty congratulations must go to the curators who've put this fantastic show together. And thanks of course to those talented womenfolk who worked in eras, not so far in the dim distant past, when they were unlikely to achieve the recogntion of their male counterparts. Not only Therese but Margo Maeckelberghe (Fishing Boat, St Ives), Alethea Garstin (Town Band) and Dorothy CP Ward (An Aerial View of Plymouth of Environs).