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ART ON THE EASEL

THE JERSEY HERITAGE COLLECTION

The collections of Jersey Heritage are a treasure-trove of artefacts and paintings. The Francis Cook Gallery houses paintings which tell a story of the Island through the ages. We invited local artists to talk about selected works, starting with The Passion of St Helier by the twentieth-century painter Frederick Sands (1916 – 1992). 

 

In recent years Jersey Heritage has led the way in commissioning portraits of well-known Islanders. Among them was naturalist Mike Stentiford. Artist Philip Harris chose to show him standing in St Ouen’s Bay, an area whose wildlife he introduced to many people through his nature walks. The realism of this portrait appeals to Rosanna Armstrong, a member of the Jersey Heritage Youth Panel…

We look at it every day but how did Elizabeth Castle appear to the artist Samuel Austin in the nineteenth century? Local artist Sam Carney, a graduate of the Prince of Wales’s School of Traditional Arts, introduces us to the castle as it was in 1834…

The date is 25thJuly, 1849. The place is Grouville Common. The event is a race meeting, and the artist Philip John Ouless was there to record it on canvas. Today, his huge work is in the collection of Jersey Heritage. Heritage volunteer Annette Lowe joins Community Learning Director Louise Downie to marvel at the detail in this masterpiece… 

George S Reynolds aimed to include everyone who attended the laying of the foundation stone at Victoria Harbour. It resulted in a big canvas full of detail as artist Ruth Baier-Rolls finds out...

At school, artist Jason Butler learned about the Pre-Raphaelites. Here he sees the work of Jerseyman Sir John Everett Millais, one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement...