A. Vernon Lovegrove

Another past member's work fitting the theme of our Online Exhibition "Celebrating our Town – Discover Reading", this Museum Highlight shows how parts of Reading used to look. [Highlighted: Nov 2020]

Old houses
Old Reading, 31 Castle Street
by A. Vernon Lovegrove (1899–1971)

Oil on canvas
23.5 x 33.5cm
Date: 1938

RGA member 1930–1966

RGA Councillor 1941–48, 1958–59
Reading Museum Accession Number
REDMG : 1990.59.1

The subject of this oil painting Old Reading, 31 Castle Street painted in 1938 was Albert Vernon Lovegrove's home address until 1951. It was actually his childhood home and the business premises of his father, who was a plumber and decorator, a trade A. Vernon Lovegrove followed in. The work was exhibited at the Reading Guild of Artists Ninth Annual Exhibition, The Art Gallery Reading, October 29 to November 26, 1938.

Albert Vernon Lovegrove (1899–1971) was a local artist and one of the founder members of the Reading Guild of Artists in 1930. He served on the RGA Council for several years during the Second World War and in the late 50s, and appeared to be involved in encouraging more members to join in with social and drawing meetings. He painted in oil and watercolour local townscapes and scenes as well as views from his travels, exhibiting regularly until 1964. In later life he wrote and illustrated various books on house repairs and decorating.


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