Paintings of Plymouth and the Surrounding Area
Victoria Park was near to Jack Pickup’s home and he walked through it on his way to and from work and his children played there. He produced paintings of this park from many different viewpoints. Two of these paintings have been included here.
Another favourite location was Citadel Road, which is behind the Hoe and was quite near to his studio in Southside Street. There are two paintings of this location in this section of the Virtual Exhibition, and another, which belongs to The Box, can be seen here.
This artist also painted scenes near the River Tamar and on Dartmoor, and nearer to Plymouth, a quarry and Stonehouse Bridge. We have not been able to identify the exact location of the views in some of Jack Pickup’s paintings but they are all local.
One theme that unites the paintings in this section is tranquility. It seems as if the artist is enjoying a sense of peace after the fear and panic of WW2. Also the calm settings are a contrast to the activity in the city centre where rebuilding and redevelopment continued throughout the 1950s.
More oil paintings owned by The Box (Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives).
Available for Purchase here:
Booklet: Jack Pickup’s Mural for Plymouth Unitarian Church
Prints of Jack Pickup’s paintings.