Flora Twort Gallery

Church Path Studio
21 The Square
Hampshire, UK
tel 01730 260756

A charming little gallery and restaurant, once the home and studio of local artist Flora Twort. It now displays her delightful paintings & drawings, which form a very personal record of Petersfield between the wars.

No doubt we have gained a lot in forty years - these pictures are reminders of some of the things we have lost. (Flora Twort, 1964)

Opening times
Tue to Sat 9.30am - 5pm

Closed 23 Dec 2003 & re-opening on 6 Jan 2004
Admission Free

External staircase to 1st floor Gallery, some steps in Gallery, handrails provided. Two steps down to restaurant. Public car parks two minutes walk.

Who was Flora Twort ?
Flora Twort (1893-1985) began painting when she was four. She attended South Hampstead High School and later went to the London School of Art, the London Polytechnic and the Slade School of Art.

She came to Petersfield at the end of the First World War and went into partnership with two other young women at Nos 1 and 2 The Square.

They sold second hand books, hand-made jewellery, pottery and textiles. The venture proved a great success and became known as one of the finest book shops in the South.

Flora Twort had her studio on the top floor and captured in watercolours much of the life ofIn 1948, two years after the death of their long-time friend Dr. Harry Roberts, the three partners decided to give up the shop and Flora Twort moved into her new studio round the corner in Church Path.

She eventually gave up painting at the age of 81 having had many of her works hung in The Royal Academy and in other London galleries.

Flora Twort bequeathed both her studio cottage and her pictures to Hampshire County Council in 1985.

The watercolours, pastels and sketch books that are on show in the Flora Twort Gallery have been selected from a much larger collection cared for by the County Museums.

Twice a year a new selection is made and hung in the Gallery and a whole new exhibition created. Petersfield before the days of the motor car.


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