Northampton from the road: Peter Tillemans 1721
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Northamptonshire's Artists
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Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire by George Vincent

Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire
George Vincent (1796–1831)

Newstead Abbey, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

The rich and varied landscapes of Northamptonshire, both town and country, have inspired a host of artists, many born and living within the county. For a "lucky dip" glimpse of the variety try this Link to Google »

Propably the most famous of our painters is Alfred East. He was born in Kettering in 1844 and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. In 1906 he was elected President of the Royal Society of British Artists and, in the same year, published his illustrated "The Art of Landscape Painting in Oil Colour". Four years later, he was knighted by King Edward VII. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1899, having been a regular exhibitor since 1883 and elected to full membership in 1913. In that year, too, the Alfred East Gallery was opened in Kettering, shortly before his death.

Read more about Sir Alfred East RA and the gallery on the Kettering Borough Council website. Visit now »

On the same website is an article about Thomas Cooper Gotch (1854 - 1931) Read it now » Also born in Kettering, he studied at Heatherley's art school in London and then in Antwerp before returning to London to attend the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1881 he settled at Newlyn and was one of the founders of the Newlyn Industrial Classes, where local young people could develop skills in "Arts and Crafts".

Find out more about other local artists, past and present, using the links below.

The Art UK website has a list of venues in Northamptonshire with a guide to their collections. Visit now »

Here are a few links we found to local collections and artists. We would be delighted to add more if you tell us about them by visiting us on Facebook Facebook and adding a comment to our post about this article, ideally with a link to more information on line. Alternatively, use our contact form to send us the details.


Artists in Northampton
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Contemporary Artists

These links are offered without endorsement; they are simply a few that we found when searching for Artists in Northamptonshire.

Lee Burrows
Charles G. Kitchen
Sarah Penrose

Our background image for this page (enlarge) is from a group of drawings in the British Library’s Manuscripts collection telling the story of Peter Tillemans’s work for the antiquary John Bridges while touring Northamptonshire in the summer of 1721. Read more »

Sir Alfred East

Sir Alfred East
by Philip de Laszlo, 1907