The Ealand/Warwick Collection is a personal selection of significant 20th century artists of national importance that forms a new exhibition at the Peterborough Art Gallery in Priestgate until January 30.
It consists of paintings, sculpture and drawings of artist such as Heron, Frink, Fedden, Trevelyan and Davie. None of it was bought not for monetary value but because Tom Ealand and Richard Warwick saw artwork they liked and wanted to hang in their house. The collection was bought together by Tom and Dick who lived in Oundle. Tom was a consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician in Windsor for many years, whereas Dick was a music teacher at Oundle School.
They opened the Thames Art Gallery in Windsor in the late 1950s. Many of the artists who exhibited there became close personal friends and spent holidays with them at their homes in Cherry Orchard Yard, Oundle and Massalubrense, Italy.
The collection came to the Peterborough Museum and Gallery through the generous bequest of Richard Warwick in his will in 1990.
The exhibition will bring a flavour of the varied and significant collection which played a big part in their life, adorning all the walls in their house from the music room to the bathroom.