REGINALD ASPINWALL: a troubled landscape
24 September – 7 November
Location: Lancaster City Museum Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
This exhibition is the first to open with several loans from the Harris on display as we close for the Harris Your Place project.
Everyone welcome, free entry.
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A new exhibition at Lancaster City Museum will provide the opportunity to delve into the life and work of an artist who took inspiration from the district’s landscapes and breath-taking countryside.
‘Reginald Aspinwall: a troubled landscape’ takes place from September 24 to November 7 and explores the works of Reginald Aspinwall, who was born in Preston but lived in Lancaster for much of his life.
The exhibition will bring together paintings from museums in both cities – the Harris Museum Art Gallery & Library in Preston will soon be undergoing a major renovation and has loaned paintings from its collection so they can be viewed while this work takes place.
When combined with the City Museum’s own collection, 50 paintings spanning Aspinwall’s life and career will be on show.
Aspinwall was born in Preston in 1855, moving to Lancaster in the 1870s to study art.
A prolific artist, he took inspiration from nature and the collection includes paintings of Morecambe Bay, Caton, Heysham and Halton and countryside around the Lancaster district, in addition to further afield.
However, his talent was curtailed by his addiction to alcohol and the last few years of his life were marked by financial hardship, which forced him into Lancaster Workhouse.
In 1920 he was moved to Lancaster Moor Hospital, where he died in 1921. He is buried in Lancaster Cemetery.
The exhibition will also examine this aspect of his life and how it affected his painting.
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