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‘Cornish Art at Home’: Two Private Viewings


Cornish Art at Home – Two Private Viewings at The Old Vicarage, Broadwoodwidger      

Date:                   Saturday 14th May

Time:                   11.00am AND 2.30pm — note the extra morning viewing now added, as the afternoon is now fully booked

Venue:               The Old Vicarage, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, Devon PL16 0EP

Ticket price: £5.00 (Please note that pre-booking is essential, and that the number of tickets is strictly limited to 30 for each session.) Light refreshments will be available.

Parking:           Please arrive promptly to start the viewing at either 11.00am or 2.30pm. There is ample parking at the house.

Click HERE  to book for the 11.00am viewing (the 2.30pm session has been fully booked).


A chance to visit the home of leading Cornish art historian, David Tovey, to see and learn about his remarkable and extensive private collection of Cornish paintings by both British and foreign artists. David’s original interest in Cornish art derived from the fact that his great-grandfather, William Titcomb, was one of the first artists to settle in the St Ives art colony in the late 1880s. There is a strong St Ives bias to the collection and, as St Ives pre-1914 was considered internationally to be “the Mecca of the seascapist”, there is also an emphasis on marine paintings.

After an introductory talk by David, guests will be free to roam the house, with notes on the paintings being provided in every room.

Since 2000, David has written extensively on Cornish art (effectively re-writing the history of St Ives art) and has also curated numerous exhibitions on the subject for Tate St Ives, Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, and various other Art Galleries around the country. Works from his collection can also be seen in the exhibition ‘Foreign Artists Inspired by the Cornish Coast’, at Lawrence House Museum, Launceston, which runs from 3rd April to 30th June.

This event is linked to David Tovey’s talk  on ‘Vagabond Verses – The Poetry of Crosbie Garstin’, on Sunday June 4th.


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