The View from the Fells – In the Footsteps of Marie Hartley

Extended to 24 January 2021 (19 August to 9 November 2020)

An exhibition of collagraphs by Hester Cox, inspired by the life and work of Marie Hartley and the Yorkshire Dales landscape.

Hester has a BA (hons) in Illustration and works from her studio in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Her colourful and richly textured limited-edition collagraph prints reflect her appreciation of the natural landscape and are often inspired by things that she sees whilst out fellrunning. She is a member of Leeds Fine Artists, Printmakers Circle, Printmaking Online, Northern Print, Craven Arts and Ålgården Studios in Sweden.

Furtive Fox by Hester Cox

View from the Fells is the culmination of a two year project inspired by the life and work of Marie Hartley MBE, the founder (with Joan Ingilby) of the Dales Countryside Museum. Marie Hartley, was an artist, writer and cultural historian.

A wood engraving block and print of a valley, Swale near Strands, marked on the back as Chapter 12 The Valley. Used as a chapter header on page 134 of ‘Swaledale’ by Ella Pontefrac11t and Marie Hartley, 1988 edition

Upon her death, Marie bequeathed her wood engraving blocks to the Museum. They are beautiful little glimpses into the social, cultural and natural history of the Yorkshire Dales and are artefacts in their own right. Many of the blocks were exquisite images created to illustrate the books that she co-wrote with Ella Pontefract in the 1930s and 1940s: Swaledale, Wensleydale and Wharfedale.

Hester was invited to make prints from the 127 wood engraving blocks and spent a year researching Marie’s life and work, visiting some of the places written about in the three books and creating prints inspired by the Yorkshire Dales landscape.

Hester printing Marie Hartley’s wood engraving blocks

This solo show is a culmination of that work and showcases a collection collagraphs prints. It is the first time that Hester has made such an extensive body of new work and the exhibition was planned to coincide with talks and workshops which we hope to re-schedule.

Fell Side Summer by Hester Cox

Hester has also written a blog to coincide with this project. Check out Hester’s blog at www.hestercoxprintmaker.com