Penlee House Gallery, Penzance
16th June – 8th September 2012
Step into Gallery 1 at Penlee House, and you will be enfolded in the languorous embrace of an endless Edwardian summer. On every wall is a delectable array of paintings celebrating Laura Knight’s joy at finding herself in Cornwall. After the challenges of life in the harsh environment of the Yorkshire coast, Laura and her husband Harold moved to the south west in 1907.
As I glanced through the obituary section of The Guardian on a Saturday in March, my attention was drawn to a son’s tribute to his mother, Moreen Moss. While her name was familiar to me from my work as an editor of the Cornwall Artists Index, I could find only one image by her online – a painting entitled ‘The Trawl’. The Digital Museum of Cornish Ceramics revealed that Moreen’s husband Bernard was a potter of renown, based in Mevagissey.