Significant artwork donated to Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Earthworks 2
Earthworks 2
Published: Wednesday, 03 February 2016

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has been gifted a significant donation of a painting by the family of successful artist Roberta Booth.

The “Earthworks 2” painting was handed over by Roberta Booth’s sister, Norma Dunville, and niece, Rachel Krate, who are both local to Northampton and are strong supporters of the museum and gallery. “Earthworks 2” is one of Roberta’s most significant and critically acclaimed pieces of work and enhances the NMAG collection of British Art.

Norma said, “When I spoke to Jane at the museum and she said they would love to have the painting there I was very grateful for them taking it and giving it a home. I think it fits in rather well and Roberta would have been thrilled to know that it is hanging in here. We are big supporters of the museum and gallery and what they do here is fantastic and the town needs something like this. As a family, we think Earthworks 2 will be a great asset.”

Roberta Booth was born in Derby in 1947 and died in 2014. She studied Fine Art Painting at Coventry College of Art during the 1960s. She then became a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 1972. She retired as a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Cambridge School of Art where for 30 years she had given up two days a week of her studio time to teach degree students.

With some 35 group and 15 one-woman exhibitions to her credit, her work has become highly regarded.

Norma said, “Roberta always felt that man was taking over from nature and she used to preach about it endlessly. One day we were driving from her house near Royston and she spotted an old plough in one of the fields and she became besotted by it. She went back and took lots of photographs of it and from that came the painting, and although it looks like today it would have been done with an airbrush, it’s actually all painted.”

Councillor Brandon Eldred, cabinet member for Community Engagement said: “Earthworks 2” is a fine piece of artwork and we are delighted that Norma and Rachel have donated it to Northampton Museum and Art gallery. It looks very much in pride of place here and we hope its addition will draw in more visitors to the museum and gallery.”