Paintings from both Sunderland Museum and the Laing Art Gallery are to go on display in an appreciation of the work of Ralph Hedley

Painting conservators and museum staff from both Sunderland Museum and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums have taken delivery of a number of wonderful works by Ralph Hedley from Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery. These are being added to Sunderland Museums Ralph Hedley collection.

The paintings are now being; painstakingly checked, arranged and eventually hung so as to show them in the best possible light for the public to enjoy when the exhibition opens on Monday 19 January.

This special exhibition celebrates the work of one of the North East’s most popular Victorian artists, Ralph Hedley, a painter who is best known for his representation of late 19th and early 20th century life in the region. Originally a woodcarver, Hedley’s paintings were regularly shown at the Royal Academy in London.

Hedley painted intimate everyday scenes; families, home and working life, school children and animals. The Newcastle Daily Chronicle said of Hedley: ‘What Burns did for the peasantry of Scotland with his pen, Ralph Hedley with his brush and palette had done for the Northumberland miner and labouring man.’

His paintings are often quite moving and in particular both the ‘The Veteran’ and ‘Market Morning’ show the great empathy he had with his subject.

This is an exhibition which will appeal to all art lovers in the North East.

The image shows Ana Flyn-Young (painting conservator) inspecting ‘The Winnowing Sheet’ with an unpacked ‘Market Morning’ at the far wall.

View more images of the installation.

Find out more about the Ralph Hedley Exhibition.

Find out more about Ralph Hedley.

Find out more about Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Find out more about Laing Art Gallery.



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