John Crome Exhibition in Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

May 14 2021

Image of John Crome Exhibition in Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Picture: Eastern Daily Press

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Brilliant news that the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery will be opening their latest exhibition on John Crome (1768-1821) on Monday 17th May 2021.

According to the press release:

A Passion for Landscape: Rediscovering John Crome celebrates the genius of a self-taught artist who began by painting pub signs and coach doors and left a legacy of some of the country’s loveliest landscape paintings. 

Many questions about the popular artist and teacher remain unanswered. “We don’t know why he didn’t sign his paintings. We don’t know a lot of things about his work. It’s infuriating!” said Giorgia Bottinelli. She was delighted to discover one of his letters in the Norfolk Record Office. Crome had been commissioned to report on the state of the civic paintings in St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, and was distressed to find them being damaged by a mixture of dust, sweat and sparrow droppings (the hall was used as a corn market at the time.)   

Crome’s own paintings have been better treated. The Castle’s own collection has been joined by pictures from private collections, the Tate and the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

The exhibition will run until 5th September 2021.

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