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Eustace Nash: Pen to Paper

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A new exhibition of local artist Eustace Nash (1886 –1969)

An artist, illustrator and cartoonist born in Boscombe, Nash studied at the Drummond Road School of Art. He became a prolific commercial artist and lithographer, working in partnership with his brother, Leslie, at their studio in Albert Road, Bournemouth. From 1913, he contributed a weekly cartoon to the now defunct Bournemouth Graphic newspaper, demonstrating a gentle and pertinent humour towards local personalities, events and news.

His vibrant, observant style, combined with his love for his home town and surrounding area, meant that he was the ideal choice to produce artwork for Bournemouth and Poole Councils’ publicity departments. However, Nash’s greatest love was to escape the confines of his studio and explore the Dorset and Wiltshire countryside, sketchbook in hand.

Kind, friendly and always willing to help anybody, Nash was a magnanimous supporter of the local art scene. He was a founder member of Bournemouth Arts Club in 1920 and for over forty years made his studio available for the Club’s fortnightly working and social evenings.

The exhibition includes a selection of Nash’s works, including lithographs, sketches, cartoons, and paintings, all with local references. Nash’s daughter, Myrna Chave, has very kindly loaned paintings and personal effects of her father for the exhibition, as well as providing fascinating insights into his career and life.

See the exhibition ‘Eustace Nash: Pen to Paper’ in the Russell-Cotes’ Print Room from 8 July until 30 August.

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08th July 17 - 30th August 17