Discover the paintings of Fred & Mary Elwell as you walk through the centre of Beverley.
Born in Beverley in 1870, the painter Fred Elwell trained at the Lincoln School of Art and the academies in Antwerp and Paris before returning to his home town. With the support of his fellow Beverlonians, Fred’s career flourished. In 1914 he married the accomplished artist Mary Dawson Holmes and the couple settled at Bar House, North Bar.
The town and townspeople of Beverley were a constant source of inspiration for both Fred and Mary, and although their work is not confined to regional subjects, local people and places feature significantly.
On his death in 1958, Fred bequeathed a large collection of his paintings, together with a selection by his wife, to Beverley Art Gallery. With the support of Beverley Civic Society, the Elwell collection has been liberated from the confines of the gallery walls. High quality replica paintings can now been seen throughout the town, enabling a wider audience to enjoy the Elwell paintings in settings that proved so inspirational to the artists.
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