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Painting, Carlisle Market Place in front of the Old Town Hall 1870-80 Herbert Lees (1831–1907)

  • Carlisle Market Place in front of the Old Town Hall 1870-80

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This painting shows a busy market day in Carlisle. The market place is filled with covered stalls and shoppers. Local landmarks are still visible today including Carlisle Cross, the Old Town Hall and the Cathedral. Glover’s Row running horizontally behind the market stalls was demolished in the 1890s.

Herbert Lees studied art at the Royal Academy in London. In 1858 he moved to Carlisle to become headmaster at the city's art school.

Key facts: 
  • This painting shows life in Carlisle during the late Victorian period. The busy market square is full of shops and stalls

Curator: Melanie

Role: 
Fine and Decorative Art

I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650

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