This is an exhibition based on a recent major donation of art work by the family of Vincent Lines, a leading 20th century British artist, The skilful pen and ink drawings portray the places and people of the Horsham area in the 1930s when Vincent was the popular head of Horsham Art School.
Marking the 50th anniversary of his death, the family of Vincent Lines have made the generous decision to gift Horsham Museum some 20 works of art, including 10 drawings of Horsham and its area. Featuring key local landmarks such as St Mary’s Church, Chesworth Farm, Park House, and Market Square illustrate Horsham in a bygone era. The generous donation has inspired Horsham Museum’s 2019 calendar Stunning Lines which features all of his district images given to the Museum, which is now available to purchase at £4.50.
The exhibition Stunning Lines is on display in the Museum’s Watercolour Gallery, a fitting place to display one of the leading watercolour artists of the 20th century, who later became Vice President of The Royal Watercolour Society. The family have also given the museum two oils including a brilliant self-portrait with paint pallet in hand and two watercolours of Le Havre, a medium for which he had national recognition. Reflecting his other career as an illustrator of books, the Museum have also been given a rare lithographic stone.
Vincent Lines came to Horsham in his 20s to take up the position of Principal at the Horsham School of Art and under his leadership, the school flourished throughout the 1930s. It was Vincent who appointed the renowned stone letter carver and typeface designer and artist David Kindersley to teach at the school.
During World War Two Vincent, who was living in Horsham at the time, was asked by Sir Kenneth Clark to join the team of 97 watercolour artists to record Britain that was most likely to be destroyed by bombing and then by progress. So starting in the South East, they moved across the country using watercolours because Clark hoped that the scheme would help preserve this characteristic medium. Over 1,500 watercolours were produced with Vincent painting local scenes including The Causeway. After the war, Vincent moved to Hastings where he became principal of the Hastings School of Art inspiring other pupils. He also continued to draw and illustrate books including The English Windmill published in the 1950s.