As its name- The Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum Trust indicates, the foundation stone of the Museum was laid in 1887, the year of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. It was purpose-built by the Spencer Stanhopes of Cannon Hall to house the collections of members of the Museum Society which had been set up in 1884 by the second phase Pre-Raphaelite artist, John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, who was the Society’s President. It became a repository for ethnographic items brought back from their travels by the Spencer Stanhope family, plus fossils (some contributed by John Ruskin), butterflies, moths and Victoriana. To this day it continues to be a treasure house of village life.
The Museum’s paintings are chiefly by one family, the Holds (Abel, Benjamin and Tom), and depict local landscapes, dead game and portraits of servants on the Spencer Stanhope estate. Of the three, Abel (the father of Tom and Ben) had the greater reputation. He lived at Cawthorne from 1852 to 1896, exhibited 16 times at the Royal Academy and was proud of the fact that he never had a painting refused for exhibition there.
Barry Jackson, Museum Trustee and President of the Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum Society
Text source: PCF / Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum Trust
This description was originally written for a catalogue.
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