Museum’s sculpture show reveals Watford town’s art treasures

Most of the works of art now appearing in the exhibition, Sculpture from the Watford Museum Collection, are normally hidden away in the basement of the old Benskin building in Lower High Street or obscured from sight in a crowded corner.

So museum staff are to be congratulated on all the effort that has gone into staging a spectacular gallery show that not only displays 37 works of art by famous British sculptors including Ronald Pope and Sir Jacob Epstein but also proves Watford is the proud owner of a significant collection.

Most of the works (31) were donated by one collector, Arnold Thompson, who grew up in Watford and decided to leave the result of a life-long passion for sculpture to the town, he loved, even though he had moved to Nottingham.

“Watford is honoured to have been the recipient,” says art historian Dr Laurie B. Harwood in the impressive catalogue published for the exhibition, which she both curated and catalogued.

Also on show are two bronze busts by local sculptor Mary Pownall Bromet of former Freemen of the Borough of Watford, The Sixth Earl of Clarendon and Alderman Ralph Alfred Thorpe.

  • “Sculpture from the Watford Museum Collection” continues until Saturday, February 25, during opening hours, Thursday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.
  • Free gallery talks have been organised to coincide with the exhibition. The talks will be given by Annette Kendall on Saturday, January 28, Saturday, February 11 and Saturday, February 2012, at 11am.

Booking is essential.
Tel. 01923 232297.

Girl in a Hurry by Ronald Pope

Girl in a Hurry by Ronald Pope

Olive by Sir Jacob Epstein

Olive by Sir Jacob Epstein

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