Joseph Edward SOUTHALL (Nottingham 1861 - Birmingham 1944)

Visitors to an Exhibition: Design for a Poster Sold

Tempera on hessian.
Signed with the artist’s monogram and dated JES / 1919 at the lower left.
Inscribed EXHIBNBY A BIRMINGHAM GROUP / GASKIN, GERE, PAYNE, SOUTHALL & OTHERS in the upper margin.
Inscribed JUNE 17 TO JULY 5TH– FROM 10 TILL 6, AT GALLERIES OF / ROYAL SOYOF ARTISTS NEW ST. in the lower margin.
857 x 632 mm. (33 3/4 x 24 7/8 in.) [canvas]
 

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In 1907 Joseph Southall and Arthur Gaskin, together with Charles March Gere, Sidney Meteyard, Henry Payne, Bernard Sleigh and a handful of other artists, founded the Birmingham Group of Artist-Craftsmen. The artists of the Group all shared close links with the Birmingham School of Art and evoked a mutual commitment to the Arts and Crafts, producing paintings, frescoes, designs for stained-glass and needlework, frames and book illustrations. Southall himself produced not only paintings and frescoes but also designs for furniture and lace. The Birmingham Group of Artist-Craftsmen exhibited their work together for the first time at the Fine Art Society in London in 1907. The present work is a design for the poster for the second exhibition of the group, held at the galleries of the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham in 1919.
 

Provenance:
Peter Nahum, London
Private collection, America.
 

Joseph Edward SOUTHALL

Visitors to an Exhibition: Design for a Poster

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