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Poole Museum Acquires Important Painting Of Poole Quay

Poole Museum has acquired an important oil painting of Poole Quay from the Shipwrights’ Arms by Bernard Gribble, dating from the 1930s.

The painting is one of Gribble’s finest depictions of his Poole, where he lived for much of his life, becoming the most recognisable painter of the local scene. The painting features in the Museum’s exhibition “Painting Drama at Sea”, and was purchased from the private collection that loaned the picture to the exhibition.

The purchase was fully funded by grants and donations from the public. The grants were awarded by the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund and the Art Fund and the balance of the purchase price was achieved from donations made by visitors to the Museum.

The painting shows bustling quayside activity from an upper floor window of the Shipwrights’ Arms, which used to stand on Hamworthy Quay, next to the ferry, that can be seen departing for Poole Quay. Just visible the Custom House on Poole Quay is the roof of Oakley’s Mill, which now houses Poole Museum.

Michael Spender, Borough of Poole Museum and Arts Manager, said: "We own the world’s largest collection of work by Bernard Gribble, including a small watercolour that is closely related in subject to this oil painting. However, we lacked a major picture of Poole Quay, so the addition of this painting to our collection fills a significant gap.  It is absolutely right that this picture which features the Museum is returning home to it in perpetuity."

Councillor Judy Butt, Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, including Culture, Borough of Poole, said: "I am delighted that Poole Museum has been able to buy this painting, with all the money coming from community donations and from national grants. We’re very grateful to the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Art Fund for their generous support of this acquisition. In particular a big thank you goes to all of our Museum visitors who make donations to purchase items like this fantastic Bernard Gribble which many more visitors will now be able to enjoy for years to come."

The painting can be viewed, free of charge, in the Museum’s exhibition 'Painting Drama at Sea: Bernard Gribble 1872-1962', which is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. From 4 November the Museum’s opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm, closed Monday.