Exceptional art on show at Weston Park

We are hosting both a vibrant contemporary exhibition from the Birmingham Art Circle juxtaposed with exceptional paintings, on loan from a private collection throughout March.

The Granary Art Gallery is displaying seven exceptional art works loaned by a private collection, encompassing some of the greatest artists of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which are now available to be seen for free.

The earliest of works are portraits from the seventeenth century which are Sir Peter Lely’s portrait of Sir William Boothby, 1st Baronet and William Dobson’s painting of a gentleman thought to be a member of the Jones family.

Outstanding amongst the paintings are two important works by Sir Joshua Reynolds. These include his masterly three-quarter length portrait of Robert Jones III of Fonmon Castle, and an original half-length of Sir William Boothby, 5th Baronet. Sir William also appears, with his fellow travellers in a sensational large-scale conversation piece – painted to depict his Grand Tour in Italy – with HRH Edward, Duke of York (1739-1767) at the centre of the group. This latter was the work of the artist Richard Brompton an English artist who spent much time in Italy. The conversation piece on display at the Granary Art Gallery is one of two versions of this particular group portrait – the other being in the British Royal Collection.

Gareth Williams, Curator & Head of Learning commented “Having these brilliant and important pieces hung in the gallery is truly exciting and allows people to see such exceptional artworks for free. Having the blend of the contemporary pieces from Birmingham Art Circle and the seven from the private collection is highly dynamic and they do complement each other.”

This is Birmingham Art Circle’s first exhibition at the Granary Art Gallery. The exhibition showcases the works of 34 members in a range of different mediums including paintings, mix media, textiles, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics. A few of the artists will be visiting the Gallery throughout the exhibition and doing demonstrations on the following days:

– Printmaking with Andrew Tromans – Sunday 13th March
– Watercolour Painting with Ann Hackett – Saturday 19th March
– Portraiture with Martyn Harris – Sunday 27th March

The Birmingham Art Circle exhibition is on display until 30th March.

All seven works of art are conditionally exempt for tax and are on loan to our Granary Art Gallery until mid-May.

The Granary Art Gallery is free to enter and open daily from 11am to 4pm.