Muriel and Eric Atkinson: A Selection From a Modest Personal Collection

Walter Greaves (1840 -1930), River Thames Warf (detail), 1866, watercolour on paper, 50.8 x 45.7 cm. Collection of Eric and Muriel Atkinson, London, ON

June 26 - November 2, 2014    |    Regular Exhibition    |    Cost:

Various Artists

Muriel and Eric Atkinson first met in the 1940s as art students at West Hartlepool College of Art, where they shared a composition class led by the notable art professor Harry Thubron. They were married in 1954 and lived in England until 1969 when they emigrated to Canada (London, Ontario) with their two children.


Reflecting on how their art collection came to be, they state: “We began collecting while students – on a very limited budget! Pieces from friends and fellow students were often exchanged with no money changing hands! Later we were able to buy small pieces that we both admired.” 

On view is a selection of over 30 drawings, prints, collages, watercolours, paintings, and sculpture from their transatlantic art collection, which includes works by British artists Sir Terry Frost, Victor Pasmore, Wendy Pasmore, Alan Jones, Hubert Dalwood, Harry Thubron, John Wells, Patrick Hughes, and David Lewis, along with works by Canadian and American artists, such as Red Grooms, Don Bonham, Jack Pollock, Ed Zelenak, and Roly Fenwick, among others.

Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with the support of the Province of New Brunswick and the City of Fredericton.