Inspired by the recent sale of a painting by Gustave Courbet (illustrated in the catalogue) to the Musée Malraux in Le Havre, I decided to organise this exhibition of paintings of the sea, a reprise of a show my father realised at the gallery in 1962.
After the devastating impact of last year’s Boxing Day tsunami, in which friends of the gallery suffered terribly, I thought the exhibition might be inappropriate. However, after consulting with them and receiving their approval, I am pleased to present Marine.
Accordingly, the gallery has promised to make two charitable contributions. Firstly to the King Alfred's School Tsunami Appeal - a direct project to re-establish a school in the village of Kiniya in Sri Lanka where 500 people were killed and half the children were orphaned and secondly to Waterford Kamkhlaba School in Swaziland – specifically chosen by a family bereaved by the Tsunami, in memory of Jane Holland (nee. Attenborough) and her daughter Lucy.