Bryan Pearce Bequest
Sir Ferrers Vyvyan, Chairman of the Royal Institute of Cornwall’s Board of Trustees, formally accepted a bequest by the late Bryan Pearce on Thursday 6 September, 2007 in the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.
Sir Alan Bowness, one of Bryan’s Trustees and an executor of his estate, said: ‘Bryan was very aware of his Cornish ancestry, and proud of the fact that his family had always lived in St Ives. From an early date his mother, Mary Pearce, kept back some of his best pictures in the hope that they would eventually be given to the people of Cornwall for their enjoyment. Bryan’s Trustees and beneficiaries are delighted that this now substantial collection of his work has been accepted by the Royal Institution of Cornwall.’
The collection reflects the artist’s work from his earliest watercolours made at the St Ives School of Painting in the early 1950s to the present time, including the last oil painting that he was working on in December 2006, only a few weeks before his death in early January 2007.
St Ives Parish Church, 1971
It comprises nine watercolours, twenty-seven oil paintings, two pen and ink drawings, three conté crayon drawings and eleven etchings. Also included in the bequest is a portrait of the artist by Jason Walker painted from life in 2005 and a bronze head made by the Australian sculptor Barbara Tribe in 1976.
At the same time the bequest includes several photographs of Bryan as well as a few objects that he used regularly in his still-life drawings and paintings.
‘We are delighted that Bryan Pearce made this bequest’, said Lucinda Middleton, the Royal Cornwall Museum’s Fine and Decorative Art Curator. ‘It is a very important body of work which, thanks to his generosity, will now be accessible to members of the public’.
Two quality greetings cards with envelopes reproduced from recent Bryan Pearce paintings have been produced to raise funds for NSPKU:
Daffodils On The Window Sill, 1996
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Julia Mills Gallery and Workshop
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of British Naive Artists
Cornwall Museum, Truro
St Ives Trust Archive Study Centre