Taunton Life is ‘Captured in Time’ for Art Exhibition

Tone Bridge by Harry Frier-web

A watercolour made in 1908 of Tone Bridge as rebuilt in 1834. The bridge was rebuilt in 1810, 1834 and 1895.

Life in Taunton, its people and places, are captured in time for an exhibition of watercolours opening at The Museum of Somerset on Saturday 19 March.

Harry Frier (1849–1921) is one of Somerset‘s best known artists. His paintings document life in and around Taunton during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Frier moved to Somerset in 1883 and began painting watercolours of local scenes. He was a prolific worker and at least 600 of his paintings survive.

‘Captured in Time: The Art of Harry Frier’ has been curated from collections cared for by the South West Heritage Trust and features more than 30 of the artist’s works. It includes scenes of Taunton, among them views of Tone Bridge, Fore Street, Church Square and Bath Place. Frier’s most ambitious painting, ‘The Assize Fair’ is also included together with a depiction of the fire that destroyed Pollard’s timber yard in 1889. There are also scenes of the surrounding countryside in villages including Creech St Michael and Bishops Lydeard. The exhibition is in the museum at Taunton Castle, which was also the subject of several of Frier’s paintings.

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