To mark the shift in season to Autumn this display looks at the worked and working landscape of Suffolk & East Anglia. Artists included in the display are Harry Becker, Mary Newcomb, Bernard Cheese, Wyndham Lloyd, Audrey Pilkington, Olive Cook, Humphrey Spender, Lionel Bulmer, Harry Morley, Martin Hardie, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Somerville, Liam Hanley, Valerie Thornton and Harry Percival.
Harry Becker (1865-1928). Farmstead,c.1926-28. Oil on canvas. Framed size H:62xW:72cms (unframed H:49x60cms).
Farmstead is a large canvas (he rarely painted on canvas because of the cost of the material) that depicts, in his recognisable gestural brush work, Hinton Lodge where he and his family lived from 1926. SOLD
Bernard Cheese (1925-2013). Blue Harvester, 1963. Screenprint on paper. Framed: 68x87cms Unframed:51x71cms.
Cheese attended the RCA from 1947-50 where he was introduced to lithography. He went on to teach printmaking at St. Martin’s School of Art, Goldsmith’s College and Central School of Art & Design. He married fellow artist Sheila Robinson and they lived in Great Bardfield on the 1950s where they developed a strong friendship with Edward Bawden. Blue Harvester is a rare example of one of his large plate lithographs.
Margaret (Peggy) Somerville (1918-1975). Waspe’s Farm - Threshing Beans, 1932. Oil on paper laid on board. Framed :H:41x48 cms unframed :H:25xW:33 cms. After her early exposure to art through her artist father, Charles Somerville, she was selected to exhibit at the New Irish Salon in Dublin at the age of 7! Waspe’s Farm, Threshing Beans, was painted the year after the family moved to Suffolk. This work was featured in her successful exhibition at Beaux Arts Gallery in November 1932 from which Walter Sickert purchased a work and a newspaper review of the exhibition includes this work in a group worthy of further study and concludes that ‘the best of these vivid impressions are as good as any of Constable’s finest sketches’.
Lionel Bulmer(1919-1992). Autumn Meadow,c.1950s. Oil on canvas laid on board.
Olive Cook (1912-2002). Fenland Farm,c.1950s. Oil on board.
Humphrey Spender (1910-2005). Agricultural Implement, 1954. Charcoal on paper.
Wyndham Lloyd (1909-1997). Harvest Time, 1976. Oil on panel. SOLD
Liam Hanley (b.1933).Bean field, 1983. Watercolour on paper.
Harold Percival (1868-1914) Marsh Hay, 1904. Drypoint engraving & aquatint. SOLD