The Camden Town Group in Context

Minutes of the Sixth London Group Meeting 3 January 1914

Minutes of the Sixth London Group Meeting 3 January 1914
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Minutes of the Sixth London Group Meeting 3 January 1914
Typescript, by James Bolivar Manson (1879-1945)
© Estate of James Bolivar Manson
Typescript TGA 806/10/6
These are the minutes of the sixth London Group meeting. At the previous gathering on 6 December 1913 the first election had taken place with the rule being that ‘one adverse vote should cancel one favourable vote and that to secure election a member must finally receive the votes of at least half the total number of members of the Group’. However, the differing artistic allegiances of the voters meant that no candidates secured the number of votes required. The rules were then changed so that a candidate needed the votes of only one third of the members to be elected.
Henry Lamb 'Letter to James Bolivar Manson' 2 January 1914
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Henry Lamb 1883–1960
Letter to James Bolivar Manson 2 January 1914
© Estate of Henry Lamb
Letter TGA 806/10/6
William Bernard Adeney 'Letter to James Bolivar Manson' 1 January 1914
Fig.2
William Bernard Adeney 1878–1966
Letter to James Bolivar Manson 1 January 1914
© Estate of William Bernard Adeney
Letter TGA 806/10/6

Henry Lamb sent in a proxy vote to James Bolivar Manson for Hilda Trevelyan, who was not elected (fig.1 TGA 806/10/6), while William Bernard Adeney returned his voting list, remarking to Manson that ‘It is somewhat absurd my voting as most of the names I cannot connect to work, or they are new to me altogether’ (fig.2 TGA 806/10/6). According to the minutes, Frederick Etchells was assigned the proxy for the ‘cubists’ of the group, Cuthbert Hamilton, Wyndham Lewis and Edward Wadsworth. This was the only meeting that Lucien Pissarro attended; he soon resigned from the group before the first exhibition took place owing to artistic differences. The only member to not attend or vote by proxy was Malcolm Drummond.
Voting List for the Sixth London Group Meeting 3 January 1914
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Voting List for the Sixth London Group Meeting 3 January 1914
Typescript, by James Bolivar Manson (1879-1945)
© Estate of James Bolivar Manson
Manuscript TGA 806/10/6
Of the twenty-six candidates put forward, only nine were elected: David Bomberg, Stanislawa de Karlowska, Jessica Etchells, Douglas Fox Pitt, Eric Gill, Sylvia Gosse, Thérèse Lessore, John Nash and Walter Taylor. The voting list shows how many votes each candidate gained (fig.3 TGA 806/10/6). The most successful were Bomberg, Etchells, Karlowska and Lessore while the least successful were J.S. Currie, Joseph Simpson and William Rothenstein.
At this meeting Walter Bayes proposed that the Fitzroy Street and London groups should not be amalgamated, as had been agreed at the first meeting on 25 October 1913 when Bayes had ‘proposed that Members of the New society, thus formed, become ipso facto, members of Fitzroy Street, share in its conveniences, and become proprietors of it, being entitled to keep a limited number of pictures there’. For the minutes of the five previous meetings, see TGA 806/10/6, TGA 806/10/6, TGA 806/10/6, TGA 806/10/6 and TGA 806/10/6.
Wendy Baron, Perfect Moderns: A History of the Camden Town Group, Aldershot and Vermont 2000, p.66.
Malcolm Easton, ‘The Camden Town Group into the London Group: Some Intimate Glimpses of the Transition 1911–14’, The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate 2011, http://www.tate.org.uk.

Helena Bonett
August 2011

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LONDON GROUP.
Jan. 3rd 1914
Present – W. Sickert (chair), H. Gilman (Pres.) J.B. Manson (Hon. Sec.) R.P.
  Bevan (Hon. Treasurer), Mme Finch, E.E. Sands, A.H. Hudson, L.
  Pissarro, H. Squire, Nevinson, W. Ratcliffe, C. Ginner, H. Sund, J.
  Epstein, F. Etchells, W. Bayes, S.F. Gore.
Proxies:– given to Etchells by Hamilton,
   Wadsworth, Lewis.
  do Manson by Adeney, Lamb.
A motion to rescind Rule 3 relating to the amalgamation of the London Group and the Fitzroy St Group. Proposed by Bayes Seconded by Etchells. Carried unanimously.
A motion that for the purposes of this election, Innes should not count as a member. Prop. Bayes Sec. Manson Carried.
Election of Members. The following candidates were elected.:– Therese Lessore, S de Karlowska, Walter Taylor, Fox-Pitt, Miss Gosse, Miss Jessie Etchells, Eric Gill, John Nash, David Bomberg.

How to cite

Minutes of the Sixth London Group Meeting, 3 January 1914, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/minutes-of-the-sixth-london-group-meeting-r1104639, accessed 25 December 2014.