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As we all struggle to remember things before Covid-19, ‘Life in Lockdown’ takes a light-hearted look at art from our collection, created B.C. (Before Coronavirus).


2020 has not gone entirely to plan here at the Russell-Cotes. Our exhibition and event schedule is organised at least 2 years in advance but a global pandemic and national lockdown meant a speedy rethink.


Despite all the tragedy, uncertainty and difficulties, lockdown has brought its positives. Hidden treasures from our stores have been released from quarantine to grace our gallery walls. Reinterpreted through a lockdown lens, you may see these works in a different light.


This is a selected edit of the exhibition which features 87 works. We hope to welcome visitors back soon.

23 artworks
Self Portrait
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Self Portrait 1944–1946

Charles Pears (1873–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 61.5 x W 51 cm

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Piccadilly Flower Seller
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Piccadilly Flower Seller c.1900

William Lee-Hankey (1869–1952)

Oil on canvas

H 60 x W 44.5 cm

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View in Rome, Italy
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View in Rome, Italy 1944–1945

Henry Marvell Carr (1894–1970)

Oil on canvas

H 51 x W 91 cm

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Russian Steppes
Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Russian Steppes 1883

Bohdan von Kleczynski (1851–1916)

Oil on canvas

H 71.5 x W 117.5 cm

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North Foreland Lighthouse, Broadstairs, Kent
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

North Foreland Lighthouse, Broadstairs, Kent 1929–1931

Elwin Hawthorne (1905–1954)

Oil on canvas

H 46 x W 51.3 cm

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The Camper
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

The Camper 1950s

Claude Harrison (1922–2009)

Oil on board

H 94 x W 69.3 cm

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The Quarry Pool
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

The Quarry Pool

Samuel John Lamorna Birch (1869–1955)

Oil on canvas

H 51 x W 61.5 cm

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Pantomime People
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Pantomime People 1933–1934

Eustace Pain Elliott Nash (1886–1969)

Watercolour on paper

H 39 x W 32.5 cm

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The Minuet
Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

The Minuet 1900

Leopold Schmutzler (1864–1941)

Oil on canvas

H 86 x W 120.5 cm

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'The Open Window', These Are My Jewels
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'The Open Window', These Are My Jewels 1937

William Bruce Ellis Ranken (1881–1941)

Oil on canvas

H 140 x W 182 cm

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Granny
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Granny c.1884

Richard Quick (1860–1939)

Oil on canvas

H 44.8 x W 36 cm

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The Needles, Isle of Wight
© the Norman Wilkinson estate. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

The Needles, Isle of Wight

Norman Wilkinson (1878–1971)

Oil on canvas

H 50 x W 75 cm

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Miss Chaseley on the Undercliff
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Miss Chaseley on the Undercliff 1927

Maxwell Ashby Armfield (1881–1972)

Tempera on paper

H 48.8 x W 98.5 cm

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The Engraver
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The Engraver 1938

Charles Sigrist (1892–1955)

Oil on board

H 60 x W 45.8 cm

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Fingerprints
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Fingerprints 1953

Charles Spencelayh (1865–1958)

Oil on canvas

H 43.2 x W 53.4 cm

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Tea in the Conservatory
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Tea in the Conservatory

Harry E. J. Browne (active c.1889–1917)

Oil on canvas

H 92 x W 122.5 cm

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Banqueting Scene
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Banqueting Scene

Pieter Jacob Horemans (1700–1776) (attributed to)

Oil on canvas

H 53 x W 59 cm

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The Kitchen
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The Kitchen 1927

Isabel Codrington (1874–1943)

Oil on canvas

H 100.5 x W 67.2 cm

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Four Dreamers
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Four Dreamers

Michael Cullimore (b.1936)

Oil on canvas

H 51 x W 60.5 cm

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Eileen
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Eileen

Howard Somerville (1873–1952)

Oil on canvas

H 128.4 x W 103 cm

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An Officer of the English Civil War
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An Officer of the English Civil War

Peter Lely (1618–1680) (attributed to)

Oil on canvas

H 72 x W 61 cm

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'Then to her listening ear responsive chords came familiar, sweet and low'
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'Then to her listening ear responsive chords came familiar, sweet and low' 1881

Edwin Long (1829–1891)

Oil on canvas

H 87.5 x W 105 cm

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A Country Garden
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A Country Garden 1892

Thomas James Lloyd (1849–1910)

Oil on canvas

H 59.7 x W 90 cm

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