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Pictures at an Exhibition

The new show at Stranraer Museum is ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’. This is a selection of paintings and other art works from the museum’s own collection.

Most of the paintings are from the Pauling Bequest. T A Pauling was a successful Glasgow banker who spent much of his childhood in Stranraer. He built up a large collection of paintings by late 19th and early 20th century Scottish artists, many of whom had studied at the Glasgow School of Art. On his death in 1942 the cream of the collection was gifted to the town of Stranraer. The bequest includes works by such well known names as Patrick Downie, Louise Perlman and George Pirie as well as the Galloway artists Thomas Faed and Henry John Dobson.

In recent years the museum has started to collect views of Wigtownshire and a number of these can be seen in the exhibition. Of particular interest are an 1860s view of Sandhead by the Irish artist George Kelly, a beautiful pencil sketch of Kirkinner Cross made in 1916 by Hugh Thompson and a couple of watercolours of Loch Ryan produced in the early 1940s by the official war artist Charles Cundall. Also on show are a number of local maritime scenes including a Victorian oil painting of the paddle steamer ‘Albion’ and a watercolour depicting the wreck of the ‘Princess Royal’ which was wrecked off Kirkcolm in 1856. One of the more nostalgic views is a painting of Bladnoch Creamery in the 1930s which used to hang in the creamery’s canteen.

The exhibition includes a selection of works from the Wigtownshire Educational Trust’s collection. This collection of paintings and prints by contemporary Scottish artists has recently been loaned to the museum. It is intended that some of these paintings will be shown in public buildings in the Wigtown area.

The exhibition runs until 5 February. Stranraer Museum is open Monday to Saturday and admission is free.