Discovered H.L Pratt paintings to feature at Tunstall Town Hall

Published: Friday, 26th August 2022

Ten rare paintings from renowned artist H.L Pratt have been discovered and will be on show at the refurbished Tunstall Town Hall.

The paintings will be framed with white mounts and light oak frames and located on the first-floor corridor, adjacent to the entrance to Tunstall Library.

H.L Pratt was born in Derby, but moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 1830, spending a number of years in the city, working at the Minton Works as well as being commissioned by London publishers Chapman and Hall to make drawings of the baronial halls of Staffordshire, Cheshire, and Derbyshire.

Pratt also created a number of oil paintings in public collections that have been included at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and Derby Museum & Art Gallery.

Paintings from H.L Pratt that will feature at Tunstall Town Hall include well-known city locations such as Trent Vale, Basford Bank, Longton, Hartshill, Cliffe Vale, and Penkhull.

Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure, and public health said,

“We have a proud heritage here in Stoke-on-Trent and along with bringing Tunstall Town Hall back into use, we wanted to showcase some of our historical artworks that have been within our own archives.

These incredible historical snapshots of Stoke-on-Trent were painted in the mid-1800s by renowned artist Henry Lark Pratt. The stunning paintings will be on permanent public display within Tunstall Town Hall and I’d not only welcome but encourage residents to come along and take a look.”

Tunstall Town Hall will open to the general public on Monday 5 September.