Paintings reunited in exhibition at Sheffield gallery

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The paintings of a popular Sheffield artist, that were separated for more than 60 years, have go on public display together for the very first time.

A series of four views of Sheffield by Stanley Royle, which were painted in 1923, form part of a new exhibition at Museums Sheffield Graves Gallery, titled The Great Outdoors.

Three of the paintings were purchased for Sheffield’s visual art collection in the 1950s, but the whereabouts of the forth painting remained unknown.

The final painting came to light when its current owner heard about the planned exhibition of Royle’s work and approached Museums Sheffield curators to offer the work for loan.

Now reunited, the four paintings - Sheffield from Crookes, Sheffield from the Park, Sheffield from Mayfield Valley and Sheffield from Wincobank - will go on show alongside a range of Royle’s works on paper, including his last ever paintings, Mevagissey, Cornwall.

Sian Brown, curatorial services manager at Museums Sheffield, said: “Thanks to the generosity of his daughter, Jean, who kindly donated many of her father’s works to the city, Sheffield has one of the finest Stanley Royle collections in the world.

“This new exhibition will explore the remarkable development and legacy of Royle’s work and provide a fitting celebration of an artist who captured the region like no other.”

Although born in Stalybridge, Royle grew up in Ecclesfield and attended Sheffield School of Art.

In 1913 he had three works accepted by the Royal Academy and went on to depict many stunning scenes of the city and surrounding countryside, capturing a landscape which he felt was threatened by industrialisation.

The Great Outdoors - the first major retrospective exhibition of Stanley Royale’s work in almost 30 years - will run at Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, until May 30. Entry to the exhibition is free.