We are delighted to be loaning to ‘Circles of Influence: British Art 1915-50’ A Diarist’s Perspective, taking place 6 February – 19 April 2016 at the Otter Gallery, Chichester.
This exhibition is based on the diaries kept by the distinguished artist and influential teacher Randolph Schwabe from 1930-48 when he became Professor and Principal of the Slade School of Art following the retirement of Henry Tonks. It showcases works of art from both national and private collections by Schwabe (1885-1948) including his work as an official war artist during the Second World War, alongside those by noted artists of the period referred to in his diaries and letters, including Mark Gertler, Eric Ravilious and William Roberts.
The Ingram Collection is loaning Mark Gertler -The Doll, 1914, Henry Lamb -Portrait of Lady Ottoline Morrell, 1910-11, Eric Ravilious -Designs for London Transport , 1935, Eileen Agar -The Sower, 1937, Dora Carrington -Iris Tree on a Horse, c1920’s.
Attention will also be drawn to the leading writers, intellectuals and patrons that Schwabe knew and feature in his diaries such as Somerset Maugham and Father Martin D’Arcy (1888-1976, Jesuit priest and leading Christian thinker of his day).
A key feature of the exhibition will be works from the University’s Bishop Otter Art Collection, of particular significance are paintings by Paul Feiler, Ben Enwonwu (both of whom were taught by Schwabe), Stanley Spencer and Ivon Hitchens and ceramics by Bernard Leach.
These works displayed together for the first time will offer unique insights into the centrality of Schwabe to some of the most adventurous circles of artistic and literary society.