A Devonshire Valley, Number 1

Description
Robert Bevan was a founder member of the Camden Town Group in 1911, which included among others, Walter Richard Sickert, Frederick Spencer Gore, Harold Gilman, Lucien Pissarro, Walter Bayes and Charles Ginner. These London based artists were strongly influenced by Gauguin, Van Gogh and Cézanne in their strong use of decorative colour and realistic treatment of contemporary scenes.

Applehayes Farm at Clayhidon on the Devon-Somerset border belonged to Harold Harrison a retired rancher from Argentina who became friends with the group members whilst a student at the Slade School of Art. From 1910 onwards he invited artists to visit, amongst them Spencer Gore, Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan. In 1913, exactly a hundred years ago, all three were in residence during one of the most productive periods at the farm.

Bevan, in particular, was inspired by the East Devon landscape and in 1916 he rented a cottage in the Bolham Valley. From 1915 onwards his compositions became increasing simplified and geometric, perhaps under the influence of a series of Post-Impressionist exhibitions in London. His attachment to the area continued and in the early 1920s he purchased a cottage where he worked until his death in 1925.

RAMM purchased this work from Thomas Agnew & Sons in 1968 with assistance from the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the National Art Collections Fund and the Sir Harry Veitch Bequest Trust Fund.
Accession Loan No.
262/1968
Collection Class
Paintings
Medium
oil on canvas
Common Name
A Devonshire Valley, Number 1
Simple Name
painting
Full Name
A Devonshire Valley, Number 1
Dimensions
canvas H 508 mm; canvas length 610 mm
Production Person Surname
Bevan
Production Person Initials
Robert Polhill
Period Classification
Edwardian (1901-1914); World War I (1914-1918)
Production Date
c 1913
Production Year Low
1912
Production Year High
1915
Production Town
Hove
Production County
Sussex
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Area Region
Northern Europe
Production Continent
Europe
Family Group

Topography Building Keyword
cottage

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