OUT & ABOUT A pear fect - exhibition

A fruitful time will be had by all this summer as a fascinating exhibition displaying a beautiful collection of watercolours, entitled ‘Pears and Apples’ lights up the elegant galleries at Cannon Hall Museum.

Renowned for its extensive pear tree collection, this year will be extra special for Cannon Hall with the arrival of a sublime display of botanical illustrative masterpieces of Elizabeth Dowle. As one of the world’s most respected and talented botanical artists, Elizabeth’s works of art will be showcased for the very first time from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 3rd November. Notably, Cannon Hall pear tree collection is one of the most extensive within the north of England, with over 40 varieties of pear trees growing within the historic walled garden. The oldest tree is a remarkable 350 years old and yet still bearing fruit. Each September, the Hall hosts a spectacular event to commemorate the harvest of the historic pears.

The main body of the delightful exhibition will be pears in homage to the estate’s very own treasures. Bringing the outside in, lovers of art and horticulture will particularly revel in the splendour of the display. Over 25 original pear watercolours from the limited edition collection will be exhibited, along with 15

apple watercolours. Commissioned alongside other projects, this collection took almost 20 years to complete showing the commitment and dedication of her work. All of the life size plates depict fruits from the National Collection – one of the largest of its kind in the world. Elizabeth’s main area of expertise is in depicting food plants, particularly fruit. She has been awarded seven gold medals by the Royal Horticultural Society, and her work has been published in fifteen books, featured on porcelain and in calendars. Her paintings, one of which was presented to the Princess of Wales, are in many important private collections and institutions, and her “Ribston Pippin Apple” was selected for inclusion in the Highgrove Florilegium.

The exquisite paintings were used to illustrate books by Dr Joan Morgan – an internationally renowned pomologist and fruit historian. Dr Joan has dedicated her career to researching and crafting the definitive account of the two fruits’ historical, geographical and botanical details. In recognition of her studies of pears and apples, she was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Memorial Medal. Dr Joan will be giving an

exclusive talk to launch the exhibition and share her passion for our wonderful fruit heritage. Following a successful

application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the ‘Parks For People’ project, the gardens have recently undergone a £2.9 million renovation. This timely exhibition will celebrate the fruits of the outdoors and bring a flavour into the gallery.

Using archive photographs and © Copyright 2010 - 2018 Elisabeth Dowle. All rights reserved. All artwork © Copyright Elisabeth Dowle

a specially commissioned film, the exhibition aims to bring to life Cannon Hall’s very own historic pear collection, walled garden and parkland. In addition to this, there will be sketchbooks, preliminary drawings and archive material revealed.

The film has been commissioned exclusively to portray a year in the life of the pear leading to its harvest. Visitors will also be able to listen to a narrative of Elizabeth discussing the process of painting the collection, her methods of working and the tools used to create the plates, whilst evoking her passion for the subject. It is a privilege that South

Yorkshire will host an exhibition which documents some of the most beautiful fruits and truly gets to the core of the cycle of each variety. Cannon Hall Museum is also home to an astounding mix of paintings, metalwork, ceramics, modern glassware and furniture collections displayed in galleries throughout the Halls’ historic rooms.

Be sure to pay a visit to Cannon Hall Museum for a fruitful, inspiring and rewarding display. Complete your day out with a stroll through the surrounding 70 acres of historical parkland and beautiful landscaped gardens in their full summertime splendor. Discover the modern day walled garden and view the spectacular fruit trees harvesting succulent fruits.

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Date for the diary

Pear Day Sunday 22nd September Celebrate the magnificent pear harvest, a great family day out. Come and explore the gardens, chat to horticultural and fruit experts. Sample our homegrown fruits, pear-inspired refreshments and entertainment. Free admission 39

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