The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum was commissioned by Merton Russell-Cotes to the architect John Frederick Fogertyas a project to build a home for his wife Annie( Annie & Merton Russell Cotes(1860) pictured above). The house was build in the Art Nouveau style and completed in 1901. In 1917 Annie donated the house as a museum to the town of Bournemouth and her husband also donated his fine art collection. The family continued to live in the house and extended it further with a formal opening in 1919 by Princess Beatrice.
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A Gift To Bournemouth
Published in the “News In Brief” column (Page 5) of The Times newspaper on Monday 12th November, 1917 :
“Lady Russell Cotes has presented to Bournemouth the freehold of the Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum and the new gallery erected for the accommodation of the exhibits. Sir Merton Russell Cotes has also intimated that he will make over the borough all the fine art property not included in the schedule of his original deed of gift and the art treasures since purchased.”
Published in the news column (Page 7) of The Times newspaper on Monday 3rd February, 1919 :
Princess Beatrice visited Bournemouth on Saturday on the occasion of the presentation of the freehold of the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum by Lady Russell Cotes to the borough, and the opening of the extension of the Art Gallery. The Gallery and Museum, which contains a valuable collection of pictures and art treasures , was presented to the town some years ago by Sir Merton and Lady Russell Cotes, and recently Lady Cotes secured the freehold of the property , known as East Cliff Hall, and the gallery has recently been enlarged by the donors. Lady Russell Cotes being unable, through illness, to be present, Mrs stebbing, her daughter, took her place.
The Princess announced that Sir Merton and Lady Cotes had given £5,000 as an endowment fund. The proceedings included the presentation to Lady Russell Cotes, through Mrs. Stebbing of an illuminated address.
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