PEOPLE will have a once in a lifetime chance to view and buy rare original paintings of the Yorkshire coast from a private collection on show at Whitby’s Pannett Art Gallery.
The gallery is offering all art lovers a unique opportunity to see, enjoy and even to purchase paintings from a collection called A Passion For Paintings The Yorkshire Collection of Claire and Bert Rendall from tomorrow until 24 March.
The exhibition includes a portrait of an unknown Robin Hood’s Bay woman (pictured right) and the gallery staff would be keen to know if anyone recognises her.
More than 80 paintings will be on display including works by Owen Bowen, Fred Lawson, Mary Weatherill, James Ulric Walmsley and Philip Naviasky, the youngest ever student to be accepted into Royal Academy Schools and the exhibition will be a once in a lifetime chance to see all these works together.
Born in Sunderland in 1927, Herbert ‘Bert’ Rendall was, during the latter half of his life, a prodigious collector of art and for the first and only time ever his collection will be publicly displayed in its entirety at the Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby.
His son Julian Rendall said: “It is with pride that the family see our father’s collection exhibited at the Pannett Art Gallery.
“It is poignant for us to think that this will be the only occasion that his life’s collection will be seen in its entirety, as many pictures, particularly the watercolours, remained in closed storage from the date of purchase and were only brought out on special occasions.
“We know our father would have been humbled and somewhat surprised to think of the collection being on display, and at his favourite art gallery as well.”
After being demobbed from the Royal Artillery in 1947, Bert trained as a schoolmaster in Wolverhampton and it was during this time that his interest in art and paintings blossomed.
After marrying Claire in 1959 and bringing up three children in the 1960s, it was only during the 1970s when he began seriously collecting art works over the next 20 years.
Deciding at an early stage to focus on Yorkshire artists, the coastal scene Ships painted by Leeds artist Owen Bowen, was the first picture which Bert and Claire bought together.
Bert, who died in 1997. treasured the fact that he came to know Philip Naviasky during the later years of the painter’s life, visiting and buying Philip’s paintings on a number of occasions.
Fine examples were purchased including the Still Life and Connemara Girl.
“You have just bought a masterpiece,” Philip was said to comment as Bert collected the fine portrait Connemara Girl.
The Rendall family have now donated this painting to the Pannett Art Gallery’s permanent collection with the knowledge that many more people will enjoy this painting which formally took pride of place in the family home.
His family said Bert loved his visits to Whitby, to drop in and meet his friend and painter, John Freeman, at the artist’s studio in Old Town Whitby.
An admirer of John’s work from his early years as a painter, Bert and Claire collected a number of his pictures over the years.
Following those meetings came the pilgrimage to the Pannett Art Gallery, which all the family remember with varying degrees of enthusiasm.
Bert spent hours looking around the latest show, particularly the annual Fylingdales Group Exhibition and of course the permanent collection in which he always had his favourites to stand before for several minutes at a time.
Pannett Art Gallery will be open every Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Admission is free.