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Sylvia Gosse: Streets of Bath
FREE admission

In 1934, Sylvia Gosse (1881-1968) gave the Holburne some “drawings I made of the Streets of Bath some years ago” – probably in 1916 when she was living in Bladud Buildings. Gosse was among the most accomplished of the circle around Walter Richard Sickert (1860-1942), and her sketches of Bath have the same air of faded gentility as Sickert’s Camden Town works. They have not been exhibited since 1990. On this occasion, we will be showing a selection of the drawings alongside photographs by Dan Brown taken on the same spot today. Together they show how little Bath has changed in 100 years.

Between digitising the historical images of Bath for his website Bath in Time, Dan has also been the fine-art photographer in the South West for the Public Catalogue Foundation, photographing all the public’s oil paintings (including the Holburne’s) in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, the National Trust, South Wales and parts of Dorset. He has produced several books on Bath that includes his own photography, including Bath – City on Show, Bristol – City on Show, Bath in the Blitz – Then & Now and Water, History & Style – Bath: World Heritage Site.

Monday 29 April, 3.30pm
Clore Learning Space, Tickets £5
Sylvia Gosse in Bath: A talk by Faunsia Tucker
This talk will delve into the life and career of one of the most accomplished artists in Walter Sickert’s circle, Sylvia Gosse, and explore how she captured the temperament of Bath in 1916 through a series of drawings currently on display.

Supported by


Wirth Gallery


10am to 5pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm