Marguerite Howarth: Artist of Surrey (1908-2001) at The Lightbox in Woking

By Culture24 Reporter | 23 August 2013

Exhibition preview: Marguerite Howarth: Artist of Surrey (1908 – 2001), The Lightbox, Woking, August 20 – October 6 2013

An image of a watercolour painting of a house
Marguerite Howarth, Newark Mill© The Howarth Family
Despite being a Lancashire lass who studied and taught art in Yorkshire, Marguerite Howarth settled with her husband in wartime Surrey, showing off illustration skills equally suited to architectural drawings, watercolours or commercial greeting cards.

Her early works predominantly concerned the latter genre, deployed during commissions for companies.

But her post-war career moved away from the designs she had shown in several London galleries, producing a calendar in pen and ink for the Woking review.

The scenery and buildings she portrayed during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s add up to a picture of an area in which Howarth was president of Woking Society of Arts.

Her return to Yorkshire, where she is said to have captured a “softer” Yorkshire light in a newer, bluish palette, left her former county with a legacy of keenly-observed landscapes.

  • Open 10.30am-5pm (11am-5pm Sunday, closed Monday). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @TheLightbox.
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