Originally built as the Rydings in 1841 for miller John Brooke the buildings were bought by the town of Brighouse in 1897 and converted to the Brighouse Library. The grounds were converted in to a public park, indeed the first public park in Brighouse by Charles Kershaw in 1898.
The Smith Art Gallery was opened in May 1907, and named after William Smith a local mill owner who paid for the construction and much of the art featured in the gallery. It was opened by Princess Louise who was the first member of the royal family to visit Brighouse.
There are 2 galleries having originally had 4. The front gallery features an exhibition of oil paintings including works by John Atkinson Grimshaw, a Victorian era artist from Leeds, Marcus Stone an English painter from London and member of the Royal Academy, and Thomas Sydney Cooper, a landscape artist from Canterbury.
The rear gallery host a constantly changing display, from local artists, touring exhibitions, photography and sculptures.
There are a total of 7 pictures in this set which were taken in December 2013 using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. There were none taken of the interior as I was asked not to so I just pictured the building and grounds. All 7 pictures can be seen here, with 3 also available to view on Clickasnap via the link underneath the picture. The pictures on Clickasnap feature no watermarks, are full size and resolution. By viewing any of my pictures on there for over 10 seconds you help support my photography.
Brighouse War Memorial can be seen just off centre of the picture.
Brighouse Fire Station tower can be seen to the left of the picture. The station occupies part of the old stable block.
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