Broadway Museum and Art Gallery is hosting a particularly special exhibition from 9th February until 16th May 2019 featuring art from World War II (1939-1945) which forms part of the personal collection of art dealer, and museum trustee, John Noott.

John was a boy of  seven in 1939 and clearly remembers the day war was declared, the real fear of invasion, the Blitz, rationing, and loss. For many years he has sought paintings and other art works which, created at the time, reflect his memories in a unique way.  They are presented in this special exhibition featuring over 70 paintings, drawings and prints created by both celebrated and little known artists.

The exhibition features a wide range of styles and images from World War II including Bernard Scott’s Kindertransport from 1940, Pearl Falconer’s, A Fond Farewell, 1944 showing a soldier’s goodbye kiss, Tube Escalator During a Raid, from around 1940 showing people seeking shelter from the blitz in London and James Dudley O’Driscoll’s Return from Dunkirk, painted in 1942.

The urge to record is strong in artists, never more so than in times of trouble and the immediacy of the art works gives a real feel of the times as they happened. Although World War II is frequently featured on television, in plays and in talks, these rarely seen works provide a unique and powerful vision of the war’s  impact on the lives of ordinary people.

World War II

John Noott, far left, with Katherine Wodehouse of the Ashmolean, and trustees Roger Dudley and Peter Oliver at a recent exhibition launch

John opened his first gallery almost 50 years ago and has now become one of the most respected provincial dealers in 19th and 20th century paintings and we are delighted that he is heads the trustee exhibition committee. John was also one of the founding sponsors of the Broadway Museum and Art Gallery.

The John Noott Galleries are based at 10, The Green in Broadway. The contemporary side of the business is led by John’s daughter Amanda. She joined her father around 30 years ago, and the galleries now show some of the foremost contemporary painters, sculptors, potters and glass makers in the UK and Europe.

We look forward to welcoming visitors back in 2019 for this very special exhibition which we hope will give you special insights into the war. We will be open again from 9th February seven days a week 10am-5pm. Adults admission costs £5.00, children 5 and above are £2.00 and there is a family ticket costing £10.00.