Paintings by local artist needed for museum exhibition

Posted on: 19 July 2019

The museum of Barnstaple and North Devon is planning an exhibition by Barnstaple artist Frederick Richard Lee in their new gallery and they need your help.

The museum is looking for any privately owned paintings by Lee which could be loaned to them for the duration of the exhibition.

Frederick Richard Lee is the only member of the Royal Academy from Barnstaple and was a very popular landscape painter during the 19th century.  He was the son of local architect Thomas Lee who designed Barnstaple Guildhall and Arlington Court.

There are examples of his work in the collections of the Tate Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts and Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “Frederick Richard Lee is a very important part of the history of Barnstaple which is why the museum has chosen him for one of the first exhibitions in the brand new gallery.  The museum already has its own collection of his paintings but if anyone owns other examples of his work that they could loan for this exhibition, it would be fantastic to have them all on display for everyone to enjoy.”

Alison Mills, Manager of The Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon, says: “The exhibition will bring back several of Lee’s paintings from all over the UK. We are really excited to be showcasing the work of Barnstaple’s most successful artist for the first time.”

The museum is currently closed while work continues on the exciting new Long Bridge Wing extension, which will increase the building’s footprint by 70%.  It is due to re-open in Autumn 2019 with a brand new social history gallery, larger shop, café and improved education space.

If you have a painting by Lee and would be prepared to loan it to the museum for this exhibition, please get in touch by email museum@northdevon.gov.uk or telephone 01271 346747.

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