New painting by Sir Alfred East to be added to Kettering Art Gallery

Published: Tuesday, 2nd May 2017

'Overgrown Garden' to be unveiled this summer

A new arrival has been announced at Kettering’s Alfred East Art Gallery as they prepare for a new painting to be added to the collection. 

The new acquisition has been made possible by external funders, who have enabled Kettering Borough Council to make the purchase of ‘Overgrown Garden’, by Sir Alfred East at an auction on 28th March at Gildings, Market Harborough.

With assistance from The V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Art Fund, The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum and Kettering & District Art Society the artwork will be successfully added to the collection to go alongside the other works by Sir Alfred East. 

In the early 1880s many British artists went to Paris to complete their training - East was one of these. The talk in the studios focussed on rural Naturalism and when not in the studios, many young painters went out into the fields to paint en plein air. The test on these occasions was to place a figure in a field or kitchen garden in order to observe transitions of space, form and local colour in natural light. An Overgrown Garden is an excellent example of this type of painting – previously unrepresented in the collection.

The work will go on display in the summer and become part of a wider programme of events in the future. 

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“We are delighted to be adding a new Sir Alfred East painting to the Art Gallery’s collection, alongside other works by the local artist. We are very grateful for the external funding received to help make this possible and can’t wait to see it in place. We hope many people will visit and enjoy it.”