Dumfries Museum has installed a new display of paintings by Anne McEntegart (1905–1984). A selection of Anne’s oil paintings of local scenes is now on display alongside a panel about her life and works.
Anne McEntegart’s association with Dumfries and Galloway dates to her childhood when her family would spend time at The Brae in Crocketford. Anne’s mother, Annie Eliza Patmore, also an enthusiastic artist, later lived in Castle Douglas.
“We are pleased that the museum is able to share these works by a talented local artist” commented Councillor Ian Blake, Chair of the council’s Communities Committee. “Her views of Dumfries and Galloway are beautiful and a reflection of Anne’s love of our region and the natural world.”
Anne had an interesting life – she travelled the world, lived through two world wars, loved poetry, animals, and art. She worked as an artist in advertising in London before her marriage (in 1934 to Squadron Leader Bernard McEntegart).
During World War Two, Anne McEntegart volunteered in the New Forest assisting with work on a dairy farm. Bernard McEntegart was injured during the conflict, and the family settled at Lanehead – a farm near Dunscore in 1945. Following the death of her husband in 1954 and the tragic death of her son, John (aged 22) the following year, Anne poured her energy into her art. Many of the works on display in Dumfries Museum are from this period.
“It is great to see a female artist being recognised this way and we are sure museum visitors will enjoy the new display” commented Vice Chair of Communities Committee, Councillor Jackie McCamon. “There are paintings of lots of local scenes including the Solway, Kippford and Anne’s favourite spot at Loch Urr.”
This new display has been supported by Anne’s family and the museum is grateful to them for their contribution. Later in 2024, the museum will be borrowing some of Anne’s sculptures from her family and friends for display.
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