Visitors to Tullie House can now see three fabulous new displays; a selection of sculptures by Lorna Graves, Neo classical fashion and a newly acquired painting by Kate Nicholson.

Lorna Graves Display

Tullie House Museum has put a selection of sculptures and a painting on display by Cumbrian artist Lorna Graves. Graves was born in Kendal in 1947 but sadly died at the height of her creativity in 2006. She exhibited widely and her work is represented in public and private collections. Tullie House Museum received a comprehensive collection of her work in 2007.

Graves created artworks of great simplicity which express her deep interest in the spiritual, the natural world, her native Cumbrian landscape and ancient civilisations.  Her symbolic sculptures (mostly made of earthenware, smoke-fired using the Japanese Raku process) dominate her work. The Eden Valley, Pennines and Lakeland hills provided an important ‘sense of place’ for Graves. She found the timeless qualities of ancient stones, particularly Long Meg and Her Daughters Bronze Age Stone Circle, very powerful. The animal form appears in much of her work and was inspired by her childhood spent on farms.

Kate Nicholson painting (New Acquisition)

Tullie House is delighted to represent Kate Nicholson in the collection. ‘Haystack in a Cumbrian Landscape’ 1960-1970 by Kate Nicholson was purchased by Tullie House Museum in 2013.

Kate Nicholson was born in Cumbria in 1929 and is the daughter of artists Ben Nicholson and his first wife Winifred Nicholson. Kate studied at Bath College of Art (1949-1954) and moved to St Ives in 1957 and became an associate member of the Penwith Society. She painted alongside her mother in Greece, Cumbria and the Hebrides in the 1960s and 1970s. She captured these locations, as can be seen in this example, in an individual and distinctive painting style using vivid colours. Castlerigg stone circle might have inspired this painting.

Neo-Classical Fashions

A new display of our popular Georgian fashion can be seen in the first floor costume case in the museum. It includes three rare women’s fine white muslin dresses dating from the 1810s, a period associated with Jane Austen.

The dresses are in the fashionable high-waisted Neo-Classical style inspired by ancient Greek and Roman women’s tunics. The display also includes a rare child’s dress dating from the 1810s.  Alongside the costume are two portraits. The portrait of a female member of the Lowther family, unnamed, dating from 1817, shows this type of fashion. A portrait of Dr Thomas Inglis dated about 1815 by Henry Raeburn shows men’s fashion at the time. A selection of Neo-Classical style vases, plates and Wedgwood from the Tullie House collection can also be seen.

J Hindmarsh