Bristol's Greatest Woman Painter Predicted Northern Rock Crisis

category bristol | miscellaneous | opinion/analysis author Tuesday December 04, 2007 00:51author by Tony Gosling - Dialect Report this post to the editors

but Bristol City Art Gallery Stash The Painting In Their Vaults

In correspondence earlier this year I asked Bristol City Art Gallery's Conservator Carolyn Lamb and Fine Art Curator Sheena Stoddard why one of Rolinda Sharples' most famous paintings was languishing in their vaults, where I checked it was still in good condition.

The Stoppage Of The Bank
The Stoppage Of The Bank

I asked them to dust it off and get it back in the public gallery as it was rather a prophetic piece. Ironicly these two women decided not to put on show another woman's great work, which arguably takes a pop at the exclusively man's world of banking... They sent me a polite refusal.

I'm thinking of starting a campaign to get them to put the painting on permanent display.

Rolinda Sharples, The Stoppage of the Bank (1831). The scene is set in a fictional Guinea Street, which has a certain resemblance to Bristol's Corn Street. On the right is a bank whose closure is causing dismay. Behind it is the famous Dutch House which stood on the corner of Wine Street and High Street until destroyed in the Blitz. In the background is All Saints Church, which Sharples has shifted to a new position for artistic effect. (Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.)

A print of this painting costs 60.00 and you have to get it from Italy. Not exacly public access is it!?

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author by Tony Gosling - Dialectpublication date Tue Dec 04, 2007 13:03Report this post to the editors

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author by Rockypublication date Tue Dec 04, 2007 14:30Report this post to the editors

And I'm calling on the TV stations to show 'It's a Wonderful Life' this Christmas. That's prophetic, too.

Sheesh. Don't you have anything better to do than hassle overworked museum staff? The painting was on display until recently, when it was presumably put back in storage to make room for some of the other interesting paintings the Museum owns. Like there's some really good Victorian ones, for instance, about how joining the Army is a bad idea.

Doubtless you'll regard this as some sort of conspiracy, with the international banking system ordering Bristol City Museum to shift the picture in case it undermines confidence in the system.

author by TGpublication date Wed Dec 12, 2007 13:37Report this post to the editors

this brilliant painting is being censored by the powers that be in this city to keep Bristol's public stupid.

Rolinda would turn in her grave if she knew

wake up

author by Carolyn Lamb - Bristol Museum and Art Gallerypublication date Sat Sep 03, 2011 23:41Report this post to the editors

I am pleased to report that we have been able to put 'Stoppage of the Bank' back on show at the Museum and Art Gallery as planned.
It hangs in the spot vacated by the Rolinda Sharples painting of 'Clifton Racecourse' which can now be seen in our newly opened museum at Mshed (18th |June 2011).

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