Current Panels

Thanks to our sponsors, we have 9 panels printed so far.  You can see the full text and images for each panel – click on each artist’s name…

Panel 1: Paul Nash, the well-known landscape painter and war artist, was educated at St Paul’s School in London. The descendant of lawyers and naval officers he decided to become an artist and studied at Chelsea Polytechnic and the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1914 he married Margaret Odeh. The couple retained Margaret’s small flat near King’s Cross while basing themselves in Sussex and Kent. From October 1934 to early in 1936 they lived in Swanage, first at Whitecliff Farm and then at No 2, The Parade…

Panel 2: Walter Field was born on 1st December 1837 at Windmill Hill, Hampstead, He was one of seven children, his father the lawyer Edwin Wilkins Field (1804-1871) was also an artist. After leaving University College School, London, Walter entered the Royal Academy, studying under John Rogers Herbert and the engraver John Pye. He enjoyed painting outdoor figure subjects and landscapes mainly in oils but later developed a skilful technique in watercolours…

Panel 3: In a narrow garret studio at the top of this house, Denis Lowson lived and painted for forty years. He was a colourful, endearing character familiar to all the residents of Swanage, and remembered by many visitors to the town as he sketched and painted on the cliffs and hills around the town. He called himself a Dorset painter, but he also travelled widely and regaled his many friends with vivid cartoons illustrating his adventures and recording life in all its comic diversity…

Panel 4: Augustus John had a long and close connexion with Swanage. He stayed here in 1899 with his sister Gwen at a house on Peveril Point and again the following year with the painter Charles Conder at Peveril Tower. No doubt many in Swanage found his life style shocking. He dressed like the gypsies he admired…

Panel 5: Charles Conder painted a delightful view of Swanage coastguard station in the spring of 1900, while on holiday with his friend Augustus John. The two men, both fond of good living in London and Paris, stayed in a guest house on Peveril Point run by the mother of John Everett, another artist friend, trying not to drink and working hard…

Panel 6: Mark Gertler painted Ballard Down and Old Harry rocks in 1916, while he was staying with his friend Montague Shearman at Peveril House in Swanage, a place he loved. ‘From every window one could paint a splendid picture,’ he wrote in a letter from there. Everything in this landscape enraptured Gertler…

Panel 7: Alfred Palmer was educated at Dulwich College and the Royal Academy, then furthered his studies in Paris. He exhibited regularly in both France and England. Attracted by the quality of light in Purbeck,Palmer settled in Swanage in 1940, after a lifetime of travel and high achievement…

Panel 8: Graham Sutherland became identified as a member of the English neo-romantic movement of the 1930s along with John Piper and Paul Nash. He was born in Streatham but it was a family holiday in Dorset that saw the beginning of his interest in nature as a subject for drawing and sketching…

Panel 9: Henry Tanworth Wells was a prosperous portrait painter of distinguished Victorians, he married a gifted artist, Joanna Boyce, and became part of the Pre-Raphaelite circle of John Ruskin, Ford Madox Brown and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. His daughter Alice married Arthur, the son of the architect
G.E.Street, who designed the church of St. James in nearby Kingston ..