Featuring local works by artists of national and international acclaim, the new exhibition of Exeter's Fine Art starting at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum on Wednesday 4 December will delight art lovers. Having recently returned from a major touring exhibition, RAMM's pair of hospital drawings by Barbara Hepworth, Trio and Preparation, will be on display in Exeter for the first time in several years. The artist was an enthusiastic supporter of the NHS and was encouraged to visit the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Exeter by Norman Capener, a surgeon and friend. Trio includes a portrait of Capener (centre), who was himself a painter and sculptor and maintained a long association with RAMM as a member of the Board of Governors and co-opted member of Exeter City Council. He also later became a trustee of the Friends of Exeter Museums & Art Gallery. RAMM is fortunate in having two of Thomas Girtin's watercolours of the Exe estuary: Rainbow scene on the River Exe and Exeter from Trewâs Weir. Girtin (1775-1802) was one of the greatest English watercolourists whose innovations opened the way for Romantic landscape artists of the 19th century. Even JMW Turner, his contemporary, is said to have remarked: Had Tom Girtin lived I should have starvedâ. His watercolours will be shown alongside works by other notable watercolour artists such as Francis Towne and John White Abbott. More recent interpretations of Devon scenery will include Alan Cotton's impressive oil painting, Hartland Quay, North Devon and Brian Rice's Devon. The exhibition runs from 4 December 2013 to 6 April 2014.
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