A COUNCIL-OWNED painting by a renowned British artist is to be loaned out for a new exhibition to take place next summer.
Hartlepool Borough Council has agreed to the temporary loan of the painting, Gala Day at Newlyn, by Stanhope Forbes, to Penlee Art Gallery and Museum of Penzance.
The painting will be included in their exhibition Model Citizens: Myths and Realities, due to be held at the Penlee Art Gallery and Museum of Penzance, which is located in Cornwall, between June 14 and September 6, 2014.
Stanhope Forbes was the leader of the Newlyn School of painters, a town close to Penzance, who from about 1880 rejected the old traditions of landscape painting in favour of work influenced by artists on the Continent.
Senior council officers say Gala Day at Newlyn, painted in 1907, is the premier example of the Newlyn plein air style, painted in the open air using non-professional models drawn from local fishing communities. A council report said the painting is a major artwork of national significance.
The council has loaned artwork to the same venue several times, and officers say there is a good relationship with the organisation and its staff. Members of the council’s regeneration services committee made the decision.