The Camden Town Group in Context

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Author unknown, ‘The Carfax Gallery’

Queen, 24 June 1911.

The Carfax Gallery.
At the Carfax Gallery, 24, Bury-street, St. James’s, the “Camden Town Group” hold their first exhibition. As a group they seem to be mainly concerned with experiments, not all equally successful, in analysing light and colour into the prismatic hues, with an unpleasant blue predominating. Mr Walter Sichert [sic], who seems to stand as a sort of leader, is represented by a portrait study, “Lena,” and two not very pleasant subjects of a “Camden Town Murder Series.” Mr J. B. Manson pursues impressionist pointilliste methods with excellent results in “The Avenue, St. ValĂ©ry-en-Somme” [sic] and “In the Garden Suburb.” Somewhat similar in method are the “Mornington Crescent” and “Scene III,” by Mr Spencer F. Gore, of whose exhibition at the Chenil Gallery a notice was recently given. “Frank,” by Mr M.G. Lightfoot, stands out from many of the other exhibits by reason of its sober charm of tone and arrangement and by a soundness of draughtsmanship, which finds expression also in a chalk drawing, “A Child Playing with a Ball.” Mr Walter Bayes and Mr Augustus John are both interesting contributors, the latter sending two oil paintings, “Llyn Cynlog” and “Nant-ddu,” which one likes as decorative patches of colour rather than as studies of actual form in landscape.

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Author unknown, ‘The Carfax Gallery’, in Queen, 24 June 1911, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012,, accessed 14 June 2024.