St Agnes Museum’s major new exhibition for 2019 will feature the St Agnes life of renowned artist, Tony Giles, whom many will remember living at Polbreen with his wife Hilary, or will have met at the Railway Inn or St Agnes Hotel.
There is a selection of light, joyful paintings of St Agnes, several owned by the Museum, others kindly loaned by private individuals and never before seen in public. One, full of movement, depicts St Agnes Victorian Fayre in 1984. There are many playful cartoon-like Christmas and Birthday cards painted for his wife Hilary and recently donated to the Museum, and a loaned sketchbook. Centre stage are the railway engine and two carriages from the railway track that Tony laid around his garden. His well worn and much loved teddy bear is there in his original jumper. A pastel portrait of Tony by Ken Symonds, drawn in 1986, completes the exhibition. John Branfield’s biography of Tony Giles is on sale at the Museum, and the Museum is very grateful for John’s help in curating the exhibition.