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The Old Quilt


Walter Langley's Old Quilt:


"The Old Quilt" - this is a faithful photographic

reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain

work of art - published in the United States before 1923.

From Penlee House - Gallery & Museum Penzence:

Born in Birmingham, Walter Langley is generally dubbed the pioneer of The Newlyn School, as he was the first of the Newlyn School artists to settle in the village, setting up his studio in 1882.

Like many of his fellow Newlyn artists, he had spent time in Brittany before discovering Cornwall, and some of his early Cornish works feature local models wearing the picturesque Breton costume.

Langley started his artistic career at the age of fifteen, when he was apprenticed to a Birmingham lithographer. At twenty-one, having completed his apprenticeship, he won a scholarship to South Kensington, where he studied design. Langley returned to Birmingham to continue as a lithographer, but spent his spare time painting and soon gave up lithography to concentrate on this aspect of his work.

Although Langley was an accomplished painter in oils, he mainly painted in watercolour, often on a large scale. Using this demanding and difficult medium, he portrayed scenes of everyday life in a small fishing village, highlighting the hardships and tragedies that were commonplace during that period.


"Nimble Fi" - this is a faithful photographic

reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain

work of art - published in the United States before 1923.

Where have you seen paintings that portray sewing and quilting scenes of everyday life?

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