20/01/2007 — 3/03/2007

The Fylde Collection

'The Fylde Collection', installation Grundy Art Gallery

photo: Jonathan Lynch

This was an exhibition of some of the finest works from the Fylde Borough Council Collection.


Fylde is a borough of Lancashire, the border of which runs alongside Blackpool, and includes the towns of Lytham, St. Annes on Sea and Kirkham as well as numerous smaller rural villages.

The Collection was begun in 1925 with a donation of one work from John Booth, of the northern-based supermarket chain Booths, and now exceeds over two hundred artworks, primarily 19th century painting. The Collection’s most supportive patron was Alderman James Herbert Dawson who presented over fifty works and whose unrealised ambition for the Collection was the construction of a gallery in Lytham St. Annes in which the Collection could be displayed.

This exhibition included thirty of the finest works from the Collection, many never before exhibited publicly.

The first three works to enter the Collection were by Richard Ansdell, (1815 -1885), and a number of the artist’s works were included here. Ansdell’s heroic paintings followed the manner of Sir Edwin Landseer - highland landscapes depicting sporting scenes and animal based narratives using a highly skilled painting technique. The artist lived for a time on the Fylde Coast and it is he after whom the local area of Ansdell is named. 

Also included was Charles Burton Barber’s (1845 - 1894) painting entitled 'In Disgrace', 1886, which is an exquisite example of the English painter’s work. Considered as one of England’s finest animal painters, Barber's sentimental work was enjoyed by Queen Victoria, who commissioned the artist to produce pictorial records of many favoured Royal pets.

Other artists included in the exhibition were Maud Earl, Andrea Landini and Eugene de Blass.

The exhibition was organised in collaboration with Fylde Borough Council.