Staithes Collection

The Staithes Collection

When you visit the Pannett Art Gallery there is always a selection of work by the amazing Staithes group of artists on display. These English Impressionists painted and exhibited as a group, in and around Whitby, from 1894 – 1909.

The development of the railway into Whitby through the 19th Century was a major factor in the expansion of tourism in this area. It made the area much more accessible to artists, many of whom were attracted to the picturesque fishing industry and coastal scenes.
This led to the development of the Staithes Group of Artists which was officially established in 1901. They became part of the community, creating employment through their need for lodgings, models and artist studios, and quickly became an important part of the local economy.

They documented local life and work and their beautiful paintings include rural, domestic and maritime scenes as well as still life and portraiture.

A few relationships and marriages developed in this creative environment, including Isa (Thompson) and Robert Jobling, Laura (Johnson) and Harrold Knight and Fred and Hannah Mayor (nee Hoyland).

Our Gallery is home to the only comprehensive public display of paintings from the Staithes Art Group.

Knight, Harold, 1874-1961; Coble at Staithes