COURT BARN MUSEUM -Press Release Issued March 2013
Reginald Sharpley: A neglected Campden Artist – works to go on public display
Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden, will be showing the work of a neglected
Cotswold artist, Reginald Sharpley, from 28 March to 2 June, 2013. This will be the first
time, since the war, that Sharpley’s work will be on display to the public.
Reginald Sharpley, (1879-1947) was trained as a Civil Engineer before seeing service in
the Coldstream Guards in France in the First World War. He went to art school both
before the war in London, and after in Cheltenham. He came to Campden in the 1920s,
and lived for twenty years at The Martins, a handsome house next to the Market Hall.
An accomplished draughtsman on account of his rigorous training, he also worked in oils
and as an etcher. Much of his work was made in the Cotswolds, an area that he loved both
as artist and rider to hounds. His work is accomplished, uncomplicated and evocative of
the pre-War world in Campden and the Cotswolds.
With one exception, a loan from Chipping Campden Town Trust, the works exhibited come
from Sharpley family holdings. A unique opportunity to view about 35 exhibits not
normally accessible to the public.
A catalogue will be available
The exhibition is sponsored by Lapstone.
An informal talk on Reginald Sharpley by Paul Whitfield
Saturday 6 April at 11.30
The exhibition runs from 28 March to 2 June 2013.
For information please contact Carole Reynolds, Administrator:
Notes to editors:
COURT BARN MUSEUM
1. How to find us: Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE
2. Admission charges: Adults £4; Concessions (students, senior citizens) £3.25; Children under 16 are
3. Opening times April - September: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 5pm
October - March: Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 4pm
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays).
4. About Court Barn Museum
Court Barn Museum is an independent museum and the brainchild of a group of local enthusiasts
called the Guild of Handicraft Trust. The museum was created through the generous support of the
Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.
This groundbreaking museum, situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, tells the story of
how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of
the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by
C.R. Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.
5. About our sponsor Laptsone
Idyllically set on a hill just outside Chipping Campden in the North Cotswolds, Lapstone is a
contemporary conversion of an 18th Century barn and farm complex, offering a tremendous feeling
of space with a calm relaxing atmosphere. They have carefully sourced a constantly changing range
of products, many of which are exclusive to Lapstone. The stunning central courtyard displays the
Outdoor Living collection. With the very best in garden furniture including their own Oxley’s
collection, along with a variety of planters, sculptures and gardening accessories.