John Liddell exhibition

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum on the coast path near the start of the East Cliff is a good stop for food and a rest.

The building is the former clifftop home of Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Annie.

The good news is that although there is an admission charge you can go to the cafe without paying.

This also admits to a large gallery where the winter exhibition is of work by artist and printmaker John Liddell (1924-2005).

He taught nearby at the Bournemouth College of Art and spent many years painting the Dorset coast and Poole Harbour. His speciality was boats which appear in many of his prints.

John Liddell also recorded delightful views in Moscow, Spain and Venice.

The limited edition prints are for sale. Especially tempting are the John Liddell greetings cards featuring a cat, Poole Park, Weymouth and, water again, Amsterdam.

Miscellany: Linocuts, Woodcuts and Wood Engravings by John Liddell is in the Cafe Gallery at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum (closed Monday) until January.

About Leigh Hatts

Leigh Hatts is an experienced walker and has known the local coastline since childhood. He is the author of many successful walking guides.
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