British Folk Art

You may have heard about the exciting, upcoming exhibition of British Folk Art opening at Tate Britain on 10 June, which will be coming to Compton Verney from 27 September. We are very pleased to be lending 18 works to the show from our own important Folk art collection.

This week and last, the 18 selected works from our collection made their way to Tate Britain for the installation of the exhibition. Here are some behind-the-scenes pics of the works going off on loan.


Our Technician carefully laid out the works in the Folk Art galleries at Compton Verney ready for them to be checked one last time by the Conservator.


It wasn’t just 2D works which went on loan. Here we’ve got the ladders at the ready to take down the Locksmith’s Trade Sign in the shape of a Padlock.


The works were then packed in crates ready to be transported from Warwickshire to Tate Britain, London.

CVCSC 0057 F Old Man and Donkey, George Smart © Compton Verney, photo by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd

George Smart, Old Man and Donkey, collage on paper, 1833. 37 x 31 cm. (c) Compton Verney. Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.

The works on loan will return when British Folk Art comes to Compton Verney from 27 September. In the meantime, we look forward to seeing them in situ at Tate Britain – do let us know if you see them there!


Coming up next for Compton Verney’s Folk Art collection is our upcoming display of First World War Trench Art in our Folk Art Mezzanine – From Ammunition to Art: Trench Art from the First World War. This opens on Tuesday 15 July so watch this space for behind-the-scenes pictures of the installation.


Featured image: Three Sober Preachers, English School. Oil on canvas, about 1860. 96.4 x 95.5 cm (c) Compton Verney, photograph by Jamie Woodley.

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