Ten Edwardian Paintings from the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

As we at the ECN are frequently keen to point out, the Public Catalogue Foundation and BBC Your Paintings have done an amazing job at bringing Edwardian paintings back into the public consciousness. Over the course of this year we intend to put the spotlight on specific collections, and to select a group of ten Edwardian (or near-Edwardian) paintings from that collection.

We start with one of the many galleries that opened during the Edwardian Era. The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth was founded by Sir Merton (1835–1921) and Lady (1835–1920) Russell-Cotes on Bournemouth’s East Cliff. Commissioned in 1897, the building was completed in 1901 and officially opened in 1907. The Russell-Cotes is a rare survivor as the residence of a Victorian private collector, which was purpose-designed and perpetuated as a permanent art museum. As a result, their collection of mainly 19th- and early 20th-century paintings can be viewed within their original context of sumptuous period interiors.

1. King Edward VII by Philip Tennyson Cole, 1907

2. A Maori Woman by Charles Frederick Goldie, 1903

3. Cherubs by Edward Atkinson Hornel, 1899

4. Cliff-End, Studland, Dorset, by Harry van der Weyden, 1909-1910

5. Ethel, by John William Godward, 1898

6. Race of Hero Spirits Pass, by Walter Crane, 1909

7. The Pleiades, by Bernard Sleigh (date unknown, c.1900)

8. The Secret Path, by Mariquita Jenny Moberly, 1904

9. Repose, by Geza Vastagh, 1899

10. Green Park, London, by John Lavery, 1914

See the whole collection here!

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3 responses to “Ten Edwardian Paintings from the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

  1. Thank you for this post. To my shame I had never heard of this gallery. Have since done some research and watched their you tube film. Thank you yet again for widening my knowledge!!

  2. I would like to stand for the proposition that “Edwardian culture” (1) is synonymous with the pinacle of Western Culture, and (2) the peak of this culture is centered at the St. Louis, Missouri Lousiana Purchase Exposition of 1903-1905. Is a paper on this topic acceptable?

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