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]
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.
Peter Nahum, London
Private collection, America.