Monthly Archives: November 2014

Object of the Day

The museum was very fortunate recently to be given many of the personal effects of Norman Cornish, the famous ‘pitman painter’, including his collection of books. In the course of processing them into Beamish’s library one of our volunteers made this remarkable discovery – Norman’s rough, preliminary drawings for paintings in a paperback copy of ‘Doctor at Large’. His drawings give details of the colours he intends to use in a seaside scene and the biographical details of a retired pitman sketched in 1961. We’re now checking the other books for similar hidden gems!

The cover of 'Doctor at Large' - a unique hand-illustrated edition!

The cover of ‘Doctor at Large’ – a unique hand-illustrated edition!

One of the 'rough' sketches from page one.
One of the ‘rough’ sketches from page one.