Highlights in the Exhibition

Highlights in the Exhibition

The following are some of the highlights of the Cannon Hall exhibition

Heron Bottle

Ruby Lustre earthenware inverted pear shaped bottle with a long neck. Decorated in red lustre with darker red leaves against which are three crested h…

Self Portrait

William knew from a young age that he wanted to be an artist. This self-portrait was painted before he had any art training. Against the wishes of his father, the famous mathematician Augustus De Morgan, William had lessons at Cary’s art school, from the age of 19. He trained to draw antique sculpture in order that he would earn a place at the Royal Academy Schools. William’s drawings from this period are exceptional. William entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1859. However, he completed just four out of the mandatory eight years required to become a Royal Academician. Instead, he began a career in decorative arts by making stained glass alongside William Morris, who was a lifelong friend, before setting up the ceramic business in 1872. Conserved in 2019 with the aid of a grant from the AIM Pilgrim Trust Conservation Scheme


Relief face of Medusa modelled in Gesso and probably painted with oils on a panel board. Background of applied water gilding decorated with punched and sgraffito techniques. Similar in techniques to the painted panels at All Saints Church, Cawthorne…

By the Waters of Babylon

Illustrates the Biblical story of the Exile of the Jews in Psalm 137: "By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there, we hung up our lyres For there our captors required of us songs, And our tormentors, mirth, saying “Sing us one of the Songs of...


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