Falmouth Frameworks

17 Sep 2011 - 19 Nov 2011

This unique, innovative and groundbreaking exhibition is the culmination of a three-year project to raise awareness of the importance of historical and artist-designed frames, and the marriage between frame and work. 

There are no museum objects that are more neglected than historical and artist-designed frames. Frames are often an integral part of the works but despite this they are sometimes separated, not conserved or not catalogued.


Using Falmouth's important collection this exhibition examines the artists' relationship with the frame from the early 18th century, through to the modern day. Included are Sven Berlin, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Thomas Gainsborough, Kurt Jackson, Dame Laura Knight, Sir Alfred Munnings, Ben Nicholson, John Singer Sargent and John William Waterhouse.


In association with Paul Mitchell Limited and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
The new book ‘Falmouth Frameworks' is published by Sansom & Company.

Hemy, Charles Napier RA RWS (1841-1917): Along shore fishermen, signed and dated 1890, oil on canvas, 56 x 76.2 cms. Purchased with funding from the Art Fund and MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.