Famous Hartlepool family's art on display

The legacy of Hartlepool shipbuilding dynasty the Gray family will be explored in a new exhibition in the town.

Gray's Exhibition will feature some of the works of art which were donated to Hartlepool by the Gray family as part of the founding of the town's Museum Service.

It will also feature artefacts relating to Sir William Gray and Company shipbuilders.

Among paintings on display will be The Sleeping Beauty, painted by Daniel Maclise in the 1800s.

Also on show will be Mark Antony's Oration by George Edward Robertson, A Morning Ride by John Charlton and Apple Dumplings by George Dunlop Leslie.

There will also be a display by artist Kath O'Connor, featuring items from Hartlepool Cultural Services' Victorian natural history collection.

"The role played by Sir William Gray and his family in Hartlepool's industrial, social and cultural development was impressive and extensive.

"Among their remarkable legacy was the wonderful collection of paintings which they gave to the town and we're delighted to feature many of them together in this major exhibition which tells the story of this remarkable family and their generosity to the town and its people."

– Clare Irvine, Hartlepool Council's Arts Manager