Artist’s rare works shown for first time

Kettering, Alfred East Gallery, Thomas Cooper Gotch Collection first time in over eight years that the paintings have been on display together. 'Katie Boyce Gallery Officer with the paintings 'Friday 20th January, 2012
Kettering, Alfred East Gallery, Thomas Cooper Gotch Collection first time in over eight years that the paintings have been on display together. 'Katie Boyce Gallery Officer with the paintings 'Friday 20th January, 2012

The works of a renowned 19th century painter will be shown at a gallery for the first time.

Paintings by the Kettering-born Pre-Raphaelite artist Thomas Cooper Gotch will be on show until March 10 at the town’s Alfred East Art Gallery, in Sheep Street.

Visitors will be able to view his work, including rarer pieces that have never been displayed at the gallery, and paintings that have not been exhibited since 2004.

His most famous work, The Exile Heavy is the price I paid for Love, will also be shown.

Valerie Hitchman, head of community services, said: “This is a rare and unique opportunity for art lovers to visit the Alfred East Art Gallery and browse the work of one of our most renowned artists, Thomas Cooper Gotch.”

There will also be a talk on the artist to celebrate the new exhibition, to take place on Friday, February 24, from 1pm to 2pm.

Entry is £5.

The gallery itself is free for people to look round.

For further information and to book a place at the lunchtime talk call 01536 534 274.