The Art of Cyril Lomax
In early October 2022 The Friends of Washington Old Hall, in collaboration with the History Society and Holy Trinity Washington, mounted an exhibition in the church itself of the Art of Cyril Lomax. Cyril was Washington longest serving rector from 1899 to 1946, following two service as the curate to his father- the previous rector- John Lomax. Throughout his life his was a prolific artist, and on show were sketches from his school and university days, decorated envelopes and sketches from the Somme- where he served as chaplain to the Durham Light Infantry- poetry and music, carvings and 11 of his paintings. His sketches were humorous observation of late Victorian life, and his painting landscapes of the Washington area, and places in Britain he visited.
THe setting for the exhibition was the Church, which he extended in 1902, and contains numerous examples of the art of Cyril, including the eastern War Memorial window and the altar rails and organ that he painted.
The attached article summaries the exhibition will examples shown from all parts of his artistic life.