Aldbourne in Art

In May 2020 Art UK set up Curations, an on-line tool that allows anyone to curate their own group of artworks within the ArtUK website. This has provided me with a great opportunity to gather some of the art inspired by our village, the people and the surrounding landscape.

Click on the image ‘Cottages at Aldbourne’ by Ambrose McEvoy to see my Curations gallery

‘Cottages at Aldbourne’ by Ambrose McEvoy (1878-1927) Birmingham Museums Trust an Art UK Founder Partner

My gallery is a work in progress, because together with the obvious works, where Aldbourne features in the title or description, I have gathered several that have a connection with the village in some other way.

For example, ‘Silver and Grey’ by Ambrose McEvoy – his portrait of Gwen, his sister-in-law and wife of playwright Charles McEvoy (1915). The portrait was painted five years after ‘The Village Wedding’ took to the stage at the Malt House, Aldbourne.

Other notables are H.J.P ‘Jimmy’ Bomford of Laines, who presented artworks that helped establish Swindon’s renowned collection of modern British art, including ‘Composition’ by Jankel Adler, who lived in Castle Street. More about Mr Bomford will follow, with links to Swindon Museum & Art Gallery and Art on Tour 2020.

Also in the collection are Thomas and Ruth Lowinsky who arrived at the Old Rectory, Aldbourne in 1945. The curated works include a painting presented to the National Gallery in remembrance of their son, Lt. T.M.F.E. Lowinsky, killed at Anzio in 1944.

There’s always the chance that other village connections will surface!

My plan is to branch out towards other on-line collections and projects; such as ‘Water Colour World’ and ‘Creative Wiltshire’ – so more soon!

2 thoughts on “Aldbourne in Art”

  1. This is a lovely resource. My grandparents lived in Freshford, but Ambrose McEvoy was from Aldbourne, as you know. I have a print of a pen and ink drawing by Augustus John of Charles Ambrose McEvoy, his father. I do not have a professional photo as this would mean taking the drawing from its frame. It was exhibited at the Chenil Galleries, Chelsea in November 1919 and was owned by C. Johnson Esq. who was a great benefactor to Ambrose McEvoy. I received the drawing from my mother, on her death in 1983.
    I also have a copy of Ambrose’s birth certificate which was registered by his mother, Mary Jane Huggins, if you are interested. The Wiltshire transcript calls her Mary Jane Muggins.
    If you are interested, I also have an early oil painting by Ambrose of Mary in the orchard at Freshford with their son, Michael aged about 2 in her lap, therefore, the painting must have been completed about 1908.

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