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The Bermuda National Trust has been gifted a collection of more than 300 19th-century paintings and photographs painstakingly collected over 30 years.

To celebrate the gift of the Bermuda Fay and Geoffrey Elliott Collection as well as Bermuda's nautical heritage, the trust, in conjunction with Chubb, will show a selection of highlights from the watercolour collection, some being publicly displayed for the first time.

The selected pieces aim to give an insight into Bermuda's maritime history, along with important events and activities.

Bill Zuill, executive director of the Bermuda National Trust, said: “Works include many fascinating depictions of the island and its people during the period of 1816 to 1857, making the exhibition a must-see for art lovers and history buffs alike.

“Given that Bermuda is hosting a nautical extravaganza this summer, highlighted by the America's Cup, this show will resonate with sailing enthusiasts of all ages as well.”

Artists featured also include Thomas Driver, Admiral Sir Willoughby Lake, Michael Seymour and Gaspard Le Marchant Tupper.

Many 19th-century army and naval officers were gifted artists which was vital for military planning and intelligence during a time that predated photography.

The trust's museum manager Rohan Shastri, said: “As well as being an invaluable research tool, these images are also visually appealing and give us a sense of the land, sea and how residents of Bermuda worked and played together.”

Mr Zuill added: “We are incredibly grateful to Chubb for hosting this exciting exhibition and to the Elliotts for their generous gift of this important collection, their dedication to collecting early Bermuda watercolours has ensured that Bermudians and visitors to our island will be able to bear witness to Bermuda through the ages and our maritime heritage for generations to come. This exhibition marks the first in a series of showcases of art from the Elliott collection by the trust.”

The opening reception takes place on Thursday, May 11 in the Chubb Building at 17 Woodbourne Avenue, Hamilton from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The exhibition will run until Friday, July 28.

The Chubb Gallery is open to the public weekdays from 10am to 4pm. Group arrangements can be booked by calling 295-5200.

Pooles Packet Boat, 1817, by Thomas Driver is one of the paintings in the collection.
London Packet, 1836, by Thomas Driver is in the collection.

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Published May 08, 2017 at 6:46 pm (Updated May 09, 2017 at 8:14 am)

Exhibition to centre on sailing heritage

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