The Camden Town Group in Context

ISBN 978-1-84976-385-1

?Arthur Ernest Pearce Robert Bevan Painting Early 1880s

?Arthur Ernest Pearce 'Robert Bevan Painting' Early 1880s
?Arthur Ernest Pearce 1859–1934
Robert Bevan Painting Early 1880s
Graphite on paper
229 x 303 mm
Inscribed by Robert A. Bevan 'RPB | ?by AE Pearce' on back
Tate Archive TGA 9210/3/6
On the reverse of this sketch the sitter’s son Robert A. Bevan wrote that it depicts Robert Bevan and was possibly drawn by Arthur Ernest Pearce, his first art tutor. The study shows Bevan painting outside with a sketchbook or wooden panel on his lap, a palette in his left hand (with a water or turpentine holder) and a paintbrush in his right. Bevan was brought up in the village of Cuckfield in Sussex and in his youth he was a keen huntsman. In this sketch he is wearing plus fours and a smart cap, jacket and shoes. His terrier dog sits beside him (with another study of it above). The drawing is referenced in Frances Stenlake, Robert Bevan: From Gauguin to Camden Town, London 2008, p.12.

Helena Bonett
June 2011

How to cite

?Arthur Ernest Pearce, Robert Bevan Painting, Early 1880s, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012,, accessed 23 February 2024.