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Kent visits: Ridley and Trottiscliffe

Today visited the above villages in Kent. The connections were that Thomas Hennell was born in Ridley, where his father was the vicar. The church was undergoing some repairs but the small hamlet remains remarkably remote despite being surrounded by various motorways. Hennell started his artistic life in this part of Kent, which was then completely rural. Trottiscliffe church is [Read More…]

Peter Watson and Francis Bacon

As work on Watson’s biography continues, one thing which is becoming apparent is the importance to Bacon at certain points in the development of his reputation of his link with Peter Watson. It is unknown when they actually met. They moved in the same part of the London art world and may well have met during or shortly after the [Read More…]

Basildon Park

The National Trust at Basildon have arranged a display of mid-20th C British art from the Arts Council permanent collection. I visited it on Sunday. Sensitively arranged throughout the house the idea is a loose commemoration of Lord Iliffe, who himself collected pictures of this type and period. There is the important and well-known Sutherland from 1950, Standing Form against [Read More…]

Graham Sutherland and John Piper

I caught the quite extensive show of Sutherland at Oxford. There was a deliberate concentration on landscapes, especially of Welsh scenes. The issue was that the extensive output of fairly small pictures of this type did not necessarily represent the finished product. It can be hard to decide whether Sutherland is working through ideas or leaving such works fully formed. Insofar as they [Read More…]

Graham Sutherland. Landscapes, War Scenes, Portraits 1924-1950; Bacon and Sutherland; Francis Bacon’s Studio

Published in the British Art Journal, VI, 3, Winter 2005

Graham Sutherland. Landscapes, War Scenes, Portraits 1924-1950; Bacon and Sutherland; Francis Bacon’s Studio

Bacon and Sutherland, published by Martin Hammer in 2005, began a very important part of the process of comparing and contrasting those two artists away from the grip of Bacon’s journalist proselytiser, the late David Sylvester. The same year, Hammer had brought out Graham Sutherland. Landscapes, War Scenes, Portraits 1924-1950, and Margarita Cappock introduced us to the reconstituted studio of [Read More…]