/exhibitions/5aThe Russel Howarth Trustees Collection

The Russell Howarth Trustees were honoured to take custodianship of this collection and are even building an environmentally controlled, safe and secure store on the Saddleworth Museum site to house these wonderful works of art! 

The paths of Russel (1927 – 2020) and Saddleworth Museum appear to have been linked throughout his life, from the days when Russel began painting in 1950 after completing an engineering apprenticeship. Depicted here is a self-portrait, c 1955, which was displayed at Russel’s exhibition, “Saddleworth in a Lifetime”, which was held in the museum during 2017. It appears fitting that the collection should find its’ new home here.

He joined the Saddleworth Art Group in 1951 and taught pottery at part-time evening classes from 1962 and emerged as a renowned and respected local artist, with a 70-year commitment of unwavering effort to draw and paint the Saddleworth area. Russel was also recognised nationally, having exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London. 

Following the death of Russel in 2020  the trustees of the museum were asked by the Russel Howarth executors to act as the Russel Howarth Trustees for that part of the estate primarily dedicated by Russel to support and encourage artists and ceramicists. Whilst it  appears fitting that the collection should find its’ final resting place here the Trustees will continue to honour Russel’s bequest.

 Although a few works will be offered online and the museum may have an occasional exhibition, the Trustees invite individuals, collectors and gallery houses to make an appointment with the curator (curator@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk) to view this collection in store. All reasonable offers, for single, or multiple works, will be considered.

All works are signed originals by the artist and are presented as framed by the artist.

Examples of Russel’s works, by location, are listed below (N.B. some may well have already been sold)

Some of Russel’s views around Delph in the exhibition. Please visit to see more.

Some more of Russel’s views around Delph in the exhibition. Please visit to see more.

Some of Russel’s views around Denshaw & Broadhead Noddle in the exhibition. Please visit to see more. 

Some of Russel’s views around Diggle in the exhibition. Please visit to see more. 

Some more of Russel’s views around Diggle in the exhibition. Please visit to see more. 

Some more of Russel’s views around Diggle in the exhibition. Please visit to see more. 

Some more of Russel’s views around Diggle in the exhibition. Please visit to see more. 

Some of Russel’s views around Dobcross in the exhibition. Please visit to see more.

Some more of Russel’s views around Dobcross in the exhibition. Please visit to see more.

Some more of Russel’s views around Dobcross in the exhibition. Please visit to see more.

Some of Russel’s views around Greenfield in the exhibition. Please visit to see more. 

Some more of Russel’s views around Greenfield in the exhibition. Please visit to see more. 

Some more of Russel’s views around Greenfield (Dovestones) & Friezland in the exhibition. Please visit to see more. 

Some of Russel’s views around Uppermill in the exhibition. Please visit to see more (so far this particular view has been a unique discovery in the collection!)

Some of Russel’s views around WaterheadStrinesdale in the exhibition. Please visit to see more.

Plus, many more. A unique opportunity to see the collection. Proceeds toward student ceramicists and artists.