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French Impressionist Painting goes on display at the Harris

9th February 2018

French Impressionist painting on display at Harris makes links with Preston - past and present

The Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, in partnership with The Courtauld Gallery London, have forged links with workers on the old Courtaulds factory site at Red Scar to choose a painting from The Courtauld Gallery's world famous collection of French Impressionist Paintings to go on show at the Harris.

A sunny view of Deauville, a fashionable seaside resort in Normandy popular with 19th Century Parisian holidaymakers, by Eugène Boudin was chosen from a short list of seven.  

Painted in 1893 - in the same year the Harris officially opened -
it will go on display in the fine art galleries from Saturday 10 February until 20 May 2018.

A fabulous opportunity to see a French Impressionist painting at the Harris, bringing summer a little bit closer for everyone in Preston this year. Look out for events taking place throughout the exhibition, including a reunion event for ex-Courtaulds employees and their families.

Lindsey McCormick, Fine Art Curator at the Harris said:
"Chosen by people working at Red Scar, the Harris is delighted to bring Boudin’s painting to audiences in and around Preston. It will be displayed alongside archive photographs, objects and film to highlight the history of Courtaulds factory. The exhibition will also include new photography inspired by the site, and visitors will be able to listen to former employees talking about what it was like to work at the factory in the 1960s and 70s."

Councillor Peter Kelly, Executive Member for Culture & Leisure at Preston City Council, said, “The Harris has had huge success over many years in bringing outstanding art to Preston that can be seen free of charge by thousands of local people. We are excited to be working so closely with The Courtauld Gallery to make this happen and to build these Preston Courtauld Connections."

The Harris are also asking people who enjoy writing poetry and are inspired by the painting's theme of a day on the beach,and the Courtauld project to contribute poetry to go on display in the exhibition. Visit  website to find out more.

Everyone is welcome and entry is free.  The Harris is open seven days a week. 


Coastal Collage - 12 Feb, 1.30-3.30pm,

Half-term family workshop, drop-in for children aged 5-12 years

Make a postcard collage in response to Boudin’s Deauville ‘seaside themed' painting

Make your mark with a super-sized Paint By Numbers at our Boudin Beach Party on Thursday 15 February. Drop in between 11am and 3pm.

You’re invited to our Boudin Beach Party which takes place on Thursday 15 February. Drop in between 11am and 3pm and have a go at coastal crafts and beach games. Artists of all ages are invited to help us to complete our giant paint by numbers mural.

To find out more information about this special display and events planned please visit

Further information about the Courtauld Connects project can be found at

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