Reginald Sharpley: A neglected Campden Artist

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Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden is showing a selection of works by Reginald Sharpley (1879 -1947), a highly skilled but neglected artist, who lived in the town in the 1920s and 30s.

Several of the buildings and places depicted – mostly in the Cotswolds – have not so far been identified, and Court Barn is enlisting the help of all you Cotswold experts to help! Prizes are offered.

Here is a typical challenge: an oil painting entitled ‘This blessed plot…’ (a quotation from Shakespeare) showing in a satirical way what the artist feared the Cotswolds was becoming with the intrusion of modern facilities such as garages. Painted probably just after the Second World War, it shows an actual Cotswold village in a valley, with the garage of ‘Blowhorn & Scatter’ in the foreground. It might be somewhere near Stroud, but we would love to know more. Can you identify the location? A bottle of champagne awaits the winner.

There are a several other unidentified scenes, and if you can identify them correctly, we will refund your entrance fee of £4. The exhibition runs until 2 June 2013.
A catalogue is available.

The exhibition is sponsored by Lapstone.

The competition is open to all. Entries to be received by 2 June. The winner will be drawn at random, on Thursday 6 June 2013.

The exhibition runs from 28 March to 2 June 2013.
For information please contact Carole Reynolds, Administrator:
[email protected] 01386 841951.

1. How to find us: Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE
2. Admission charges: Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are free
3. Opening times April – September: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 5pm
October – March: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 4pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).

4. About Court Barn Museum
Court Barn Museum is an independent museum and the brainchild of a group of local enthusiasts called the Guild of Handicraft Trust. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.
This groundbreaking museum, situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, tells the story of how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by C.R. Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.

About our sponsor, Lapstone
Idyllically set on a hill just outside Chipping Campden in the North Cotswolds, Lapstone is a contemporary conversion of an 18th Century barn and farm complex, offering a tremendous feeling of space with a calm, relaxing atmosphere. They have carefully sourced a constantly changing range of products, many of which are exclusive to Lapstone. The stunning central courtyard displays the Outdoor Living collection, with the very best in garden furniture including their own Oxley’s collection, along with a variety of planters, sculptures and gardening accessories.

Source: Court Barn museum Chipping Campden

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