Leyman painting returned to Honiton

PUBLISHED: 14:18 16 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 15 June 2010

Eileen and Don Gulliford travelled from Bristol to donate an Alfred Leyman painting of Tracey Bridge to Allhallows Museum in Honiton.

Eileen and Don Gulliford travelled from Bristol to donate an Alfred Leyman painting of Tracey Bridge to Allhallows Museum in Honiton. Mrs Gulliford said that they had recently moved into a smaller property and had decided that the time was right to return the painting to Honiton, which she considers its rightful home. The painting was owned by Mrs Gulliford's grandparents, John and Martha May Tucker, who, according to the 1901 census, were neighbours of the Leymans in the High Street. Margaret Lewis, archivist and curator at Allhallows Museum, said: "We are absolutely delighted to accept the painting for the museum collection. "Most of Leymans' paintings were water colours so it is very unusual in that it has been painted in oils and also that it is dated - 1888. "Alfred Leyman was an artist of considerable merit. He travelled widely to search for suitable subjects for his work. "Leyman was the Art Master at Allhallows School in Honiton from 1893 to 1933 and specialised in Devon landscapes. He often paid local tradesmen with a painting in lieu of cash and his favourite subject seems to have been the Guildhall at Exeter - he painted it at least seven times!


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