Sat 25th Feb -
Sun 28th May


Gresty and Greenwood

Hugh Gresty

The exhibition features paintings by talented 20th Century Nelson-born artists Orlando Greenwood and Hugh Gresty.

From still lives and self-portraits to classical tableaux, the exhibition showcases the artists’ diverse range of styles, techniques and subjects.

Visitors also have a chance to see some of the artists’ personal possessions including sketchbooks, palettes and sets of paint brushes.

Orlando was born in 1892. He worked at his uncle’s cotton mill from the age of 13, but at the age of 21 he started studying at Goldsmith’s College in London. He served in the First World War and returned to his studies in 1919.

He became known as the mill worker who turned into an artist. He had varied styles and compositions working in oil, watercolour and pencil. During his career he also designed posters for the London Underground, railway companies along with advertisements for London department stores.

From 1920-1933, he exhibited at various London galleries and was elected as an Associate Member of the Royal Society of British Artists.

Hugh Gresty was born in 1899 to parents who were both weavers. His artistic ability soon showed at Whitefield Junior School and he went on to study at Nelson School of Art.

He was an art tutor there until the First World War. He joined the army and fought in France, where he was injured but he used his skills to design camouflage for the Machine Gun Corps.

After the war, Hugh studied at Goldsmith’s College, London and he also had a studio in Greenwich.

Hugh Gresty was described as an architectural artist, who travelled abroad extensively to produce most of his works and they were then exhibited all over Britain, including the Royal Academy. Hugh was elected to The Royal Society of British Artists and also The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour.

Towneley Hall has a fantastic collection of works by Orlando Greenwood and Hugh Gresty and this exhibition is a celebration of their legacy.