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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.


Events Programme:

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:

01386 841951.

Notes to editors:


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.