Most popular art revealed

Art lovers have picked their favourites from a gallery’s hidden treasures in a public vote.

Chatterbox by Thomas Benjamin Kennington, an oil painting showing two young women talking, received the most votes from visitors to the Alfred East Art Gallery’s exhibition Hidden Treasures, which displayed rarely-seen work from the Kettering gallery’s collection.

Almost 2,700 people visited the exhibition of 150 paintings hung ceiling to floor in February and March, casting more than 240 votes. Chatterbox received 27 votes, beating second place The Quiet Hour by Chevallier Tayler, which received 16, and joint third place The Wardrobe by Colin Smith and Newby Bridge by Kettering artist Alfred East, which each received 15.

The top 12 works, which include two paintings by Kettering artist Walter Bonner Gash, will feature in a special exhibition to mark the centenary of the gallery next year.