Darlington through the eyes of artists
The New Year sees a new display at Darlington Libraries’ Centre for Local Studies as staff delve into its collection of treasures to share with visitors.
‘Darlington through the eyes of artists’ features a selection of oils, watercolours and sketches depicting views of the town that have inspired many artists over the years.
The pictures are interesting not only for their artistic merit but also because they offer a fascinating glimpse into how Darlington looked in days gone by.
As Robert Scarr, writing in the Darlington & Stockton Times on 7 October 1967, said: “Darlington has provided many fine artists in times past, and their works, besides being a constant source of pleasure to connoisseurs are also of great help to historians depicting as they do, many aspects of the town’s architecture and pastoral charm in times past.”
Mandy Fay, Senior Library Officer at Darlington Libraries, explained:
“The Local Studies Collection includes many old photographs of Darlington and the surrounding area, but some of these paintings and sketches reveal what the area was like and how it has grown and developed prior to the days of photography and film.
“It’s a wonderful historical record of the town which we’re sure people will find fascinating.”
The ‘Darlington through the eyes of artists’ display will be on show until 30 January.
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