Art inspired by history goes on show

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WORLD-renowned artwork inspired by two of Monmouthshire’s historic landmarks feature in an exhibition that runs until September.

Watercolours and drawings by world famous artists including JMW Turner, Thomas Gainsborough, Samuel Palmer and David Jones, together with original manuscripts by William and Mary Wordsworth, have been brought together in exhibitions at Chepstow and Abergavenny Museums.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Sites of Inspiration-Tintern Abbey and Llanthony Priory’, features art, manuscripts and archaeology inspired by the sacred sites of Tintern Abbey and Llanthony Priory.

Anne Rainsbury, curator at Chepstow Museum said: “These spectacular historic sites on our doorsteps have inspired famous artists, writers and poets throughout the years.”

“It’s the first time such comprehensive collections of artworks and artefacts have been brought back here, to the places where they were created and it’s tremendously exciting,” she added.

The initiative is funded by the Sharing Treasures grant scheme from the Welsh Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund which enables the museums to loan artefacts from galleries across Britain, including the Tate, British Museum, V&A, The Ashmolean, National Library of Wales, CADW and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

“This summer’s exhibitions at Chepstow and Abergavenny Museums are a once in a lifetime opportunity to see world-class art and archaeology close to their sites of inspiration,”added Abergavenny Museum curator Karin Molson.

The exhibitions runs until September 28.

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