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Alfred De Pass, a South African businessman, embarked on his honeymoon trip to Falmouth in 1888. Impressed by the location, he returned in 1895 to establish his holiday home, Cliffe House, along the picturesque seafront. With a passion for art cultivated during his travels, De Pass adorned his residence with a collection of artworks. It was during his time in Falmouth that he encountered the renowned artist Henry Scott Tuke, forging connections with other artists based in Cornwall, as well as Sir Ronald Gower, a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.
In 1898, De Pass made his initial contribution of artworks to a public collection, marking the beginning of a remarkable journey of philanthropy and extensive art donations to various art galleries and museums across the UK. Regrettably, his contributions have largely remained unacknowledged. This presentation by local art historian Catherine Wallace sheds light on some of the notable paintings and drawings he generously bestowed upon art institutions between 1898 and 1939. These include galleries in Falmouth, Truro, Plymouth, and Bristol, as well as establishments like the National Gallery, the Tate, and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Artists include, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Jan Brueghel the Elder, William Blake, John Constable, John Opie, Thomas Luny, D. G. Rossetti, E.C.Burne-Jones, J.W.Waterhouse, C.N. Hemy, Henry Scott Tuke, Dame Laura Knight, Alfred Munnings, Arthur Melville, John Singer Sargent and many more.
Catherine Wallace is a freelance art historian, writer and lecturer specialising in British and European 19th and 20th century art with a focus on artists who were based in Cornwall, England. Wallace also has an in depth knowledge of commercial contemporary art and artists from Cornwall. Catherine Wallace has over 30 years experience as a curator and writer on art. This informs the lectures and guided tours she now offers online and live in Cornwall.
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