In April 2016, the Museum of East Anglian Life was host to a temporary exhibition, “Life through the Eyes of East Anglian Artists” featuring oil paintings, drawings, and watercolours by well-known 19th and 20th Century artists from the East, many of which were being shown for the first time.
Many of the artists represented would have been familiar to art enthusiasts, including brothers Thomas and Edward Robert Smythe, John Moore, and Arthur James Stark. Twentieth Century artists Anna Airy and Harry Becker were represented by drawings. All have connections with East Anglia and the works were selected to illustrate the living and working conditions of local people.
The subjects of the paintings were brought to life by objects from the Collection of the Museum of East Anglian Life, including shepherd’s clothing, farm implements and domestic necessities.
The works that featured in this Exhibition were selected from the Day Collection, first formed in the early 1960’s by Harold Day, author of many books on East Anglian Art. This exhibition represented a unique opportunity to see these beautiful pictures in the historic Abbot’s Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.
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