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Halstead: Exhibition celebrates prominent artist and educator
2:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
The life and times of a former headmaster and prominent artist are being celebrated at an upcoming exhibition.
Halstead and District Local History Society will be displaying drawings, etchings and photographs from Morton Mathews, an iconic figure in the town’s history.
Morton was born in 1866 in the schoolhouse at the British School, in Parsonage Street, which would later become Richard de Clare Primary School.
His father, George Mathews, was the school’s headmaster, a job which Morton himself later took on, from 1893 until his retirement in 1927.
As well as his longstanding role as an educator, Morton was a prominent and talented artist.
During his time as a teacher, he developed a particular interest in sketching buildings, and discovered his remarkable ability to be able to draw at speed from memory.
Etched in Halstead’s History, an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Morton Mathews, takes place on Saturday and Sunday.
The exhibition, which is being held at Halstead Town Council’s offices in The Causeway, is open from 10am to 4pm.
Admission is free and refreshments will be available.
For more information about the history society, visit halsteadhistory.org.uk
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