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Penrith speaker David looks beyond usual Lakeland landscape artists

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THE popular image of Cumbrian history is one of violence and lawlessness, of Border Reivers and the Debatable Lands; an area which many monarchs tried and failed to control.

So it came as something of a surprise to members of the Friends of Penrith and Eden Museum to be told by art historian David Cross, quoting artist Marshall Hall, that 'there are more artists and writers in Cumbria than in any other area of Britain apart from London'.

Some of them learned their craft at the Carlisle Academy of Art, which was demolished in the 1950s.

Pic: Art historian David Cross

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