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  With its rolling greens, wide skies and the familiar seashore, Southwold has attracted and inspired creativity for decades. Painters, craftspeople and photographers have been among the town’s long-standing residents and most faithful visitors.
 

In the 1820s, J M W Turner sketched and painted Southwold scenes as he explored England’s East coast. A century later, Stanley Spencer first visited the town that would inspire his paintings for over a decade.

Charles Keene, a renowned 'Punch' illustrator and a significant influence on many great artists of the time, including Whistler, Sickert, Monet and Sisley, produced numerous pen and ink drawings of the area.

Philip Wilson Steer (1860 -1942) used the Southwold Railway to make painting expeditions to Southwold and Walberswick, often accompanied by his equally eminent companions, Frederick Brown and Walter Sickert.

At the beginning of the 20th century, etching became particularly popular. H. Sylvester Stannard (1870 - 1951) and his sister Lilian were among the best known exponents who were also prolific topographical painters.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) spent a year in Walberswick at the start of the First World War, where he produced many of his well known flower drawings.

   
Copyright limitations prevent our reproducing on-line the work of many of the eminent artists associated with Southwold but here is a selection from the museum's own small gallery.

   
     
  East Cliff, Southwold - etching by Arthur Evershed   Harry Becker - etching  
 

Clockwise from top left: K. Sturgem, watercolour portrait of Fanny Foster as a child; Joan Macpherson, Fanny Foster's cottage garden in Park Lane; Harry Becker etching of horse and cart; John Robert Keitley Duff, Dipping the Nets; Arthur Evershed, etching of East Cliff, Southwold.
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Harry Becker (1865 -1928) was an inspired and stylistically distinctive local impressionist painter who memorably recorded many scenes of pre-industrialised rural life.

Contemporary artist Damien Hirst stayed in Southwold while an art student, to learn from resident sculptor Margaret Mellis.

Several notable examples of local art hang in Southwold Museum, among them beautiful oils of the Southwold Railway, painted retrospectively many years after it had closed, by William Benner (1884-1964).
  William Benner - Southwold Station
   

Clockwise from top left: W.J. Gilbert, Cattle, 1851; William Benner, Southwold Station, 1950s; William Fletcher Thomas, Drawing of Sam May,1923; C.H. Cooke, Boat builder's shop; Edward Arthur Walton, Number 9 Park Lane, Southwold, 1908. Click the pictures for a closer look

 

Craftspeople have also made their mark here. From the 1890s until World War One, the School of Industrial Art ran wood-carving classes. They proved incredibly popular with local fishing families and schoolchildren, who used to sell their finished pieces to summer visitors.

Talented Arts-and-Crafts metalworker Philip Frederick Alexander lived in Walberswick and received worldwide commissions for his work during the early part of the 1900s.

 
Southwold Town Sign, designed by Clifford Russell. Click to enlarge.

Local artist, Clifford Russell, designed Southwold's Town Sign to commemorate the Festival of Britain in 1951.

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  THE SOUTHWOLD SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL ART  
  Southwold School of  Industrial Art
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DIY RIP!    
   

William Tooke used the skills he'd learned at the School of Industrial Art to design and carve his own oak head 'stone' which may still be seen in St Edmund's Churchyard.

   
'THE REST'
IS HISTORY
 
  The Alms Houses in Covert Road    

Would you qualify to live in Mr Matthew's quirky retirement village?
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