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Lost Surrey captured in watercolours at The Lightbox, Woking

PUBLISHED: 16:28 08 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:00 20 February 2013

The Town Hall, Guildford, by John Hassell

The Town Hall, Guildford, by John Hassell

Prolific father and son artists John and Edward Hassell produced in excess of 2,000 watercolours of Surrey in a mere 13 years from 1820 to 1833.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine January 2012

Prolific father and son artists John and Edward Hassell produced in excess of 2,000 watercolours of Surrey in a mere 13 years from 1820 to 1833.


The result is a beautiful series of works capturing our county in days gone by and now a number of these can be seen in a special exhibition at The Lightbox in Woking until Sunday February 19.


Organised in partnership with the Surrey History Centre and supported by The Friends of The Lightbox, the exhibition focuses on the Hassells depictions of Woking and its surrounding parishes, revealing a picturesque view of Surrey before the age of the railway.


Though the Hassells earned their living as drawing masters, their topographical watercolours were produced in response to an increasing demand from gentlemen collectors, eager to add colour illustrations to their copies of the three-volume county history of Surrey completed by Owen Manning and William Bray in 1814.



  • Images of Surrey: Watercolours by John and Edward Hassell at The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA. For more information, visit www.thelightbox.org.uk or call 01483 737800

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