Brixham’s Heritage Museum is to receive a gift of its own during the Museum’s Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th December. The family of Brixham’s most celebrated maritime artist, the late John Chancellor, is to donate a framed, limited edition print of one of John’s paintings to display in the Museum’s maritime section.
Despite being almost 30 years since his death, many people will remember Brixham’s celebrated maritime artist, John Chancellor. His extraordinary paintings established him as one of the most talented maritime painters of all time and his work is renowned internationally.
In recognition of John’s association with the town and the forthcoming anniversary of his death, his daughter, Tessa, will be presenting to the Museum a copy of ‘From under their Noses’, which will be hung in the Museum with its other many maritime artefacts.
“Next April it will be 30 years since my father’s untimely death, and as a family we want to acknowledge this anniversary in a number of ways. It seems obvious that, having spent over 20 years living in Brixham, the Museum should have some of his work on display,” said Tessa. “In addition, next Easter we will be holding a three-day, retrospective exhibition of his life and work in Brixham Town Hall.”
The exhibition is being coordinated by Tessa, who sells limited edition prints of his paintings through Chancellor Maritime Prints. “My father’s work was exceptional,” says Tessa. “It feels natural to host this exhibition in his home town of Brixham.”
The Museum’s curator, Philip Armitage, is delighted to receive the gift. “It will be a valuable addition to the new maritime display we are planning for next year and having such a celebrated artist from Brixham, I am sure it will be much admired.”