Robert Bevan and the Cumberland Market Group
13 January - 21 March 2009
This was the first exhibition exploring the work of Robert Bevan and the Cumberland Market Group since 1965.
Robert Bevan was a member of the Walter Sickert Fitzroy Street Group from 1908 and a founder member of both the Camden Town Group (1911-13), the most important British Post-Impressionist movement and its main successor, the London Group (1914). He thus takes his place as a leading protagonist on the British art scene. In 1914 Cumberland Market was known to artists as an area of cheap lodgings. A small group of artists were to take studios there and soon became known as the Cumberland Market Group. Initially the group was made up of Bevan, Harold Gilman and Charles Ginner. John Nash and McKnight Kauffer were invited to join the group in 1915. The Group held its inaugural exhibition in 1915, but by the start of the First World War it had sadly disbanded.
This exhibition will consider Bevan’s artistic development and key influences. His keen interest in horses will be prominent through examples of his London cab-yard and Camden horse sales paintings. Bevan’s son noted that ‘He always looked at home at Tattersalls and other places where the horse took centre stage.’
The Cumberland Market Group has never been investigated through an exhibition in terms of achievement or impact on its member’s art practice. Bevan’s work will be displayed alongside work by other group members including John Nash, Harold Gilman, Spencer Gore and Charles Ginner.
Supported by - Arts Council England
Image - Robert Bevan, A Sale at Tattersalls, 1911, Oil on canvas, 50.8 x 61 cm © Southampton City Art Gallery