Step into the magical world created by local puppeteer, artist and wood carver William Simmonds (1876 – 1968).
Discover all the fun of the circus and the enchanted realm of the woodland with fawns and clowns, nymphs, ducklings and much more drawnfrom Simmonds’ imagination and the natural world he saw around him at home inFar Oakridge.
This exhibition brings you the full range of Simmonds workas an artist – all designed with a desire to delight both young and old.
This major exhibition brings you rarely seen treasures fromGloucester’s collection by Simmonds, his wife Eve, and their many artist friendsin Gloucestershire as well as loans from private individuals and Museums.
It paints a picture of the vibrant artistic community inGloucestershire in the first half of the 20th Century – the legacyof which can still be felt today. Also includes work by William Rothenstein,Charles March Gere, Phillis Barron, Dorothy Larcher and more.
Before he was a puppeteer and woodcarver Simmonds was apainter. The exhibition features a never before seen painting by Simmonds,newly conserved for the exhibition. Nymphs (Fairies Frolic) was painted in1907, and was probably shown at the royal Academy, but was discovered rolled upin Simmonds’ workshop when it was acquired by the museum service in 1985. Weare delighted to be able to show this work, one of the only oil paintings bySimmonds in a public collection.
Curated by Dr. Jacqueline Sarsby.