The Camden Town group, with Mr. Spencer Gore for President, holds a first exhibition at the Carfax Gallery in Bury Street, St. James’s, three minutes from the Stafford Gallery’s collection of pictures by Mr. Walter Sickert. The group, since it includes Welsh landscapes by Mr. Augustus John, Colchester buttercups by Mr. Lucien Pissarro, and Brittany peasants by Mr. Lamb, breaks the bounds of Mr. Sickert’s territory. Yet the name is the right one. It marks something more than a district of studios; it labels a modern tendency towards the choice of scenes from humble life. Mr. Gore still paints with a rare sense of beauty, and resolutely makes his protest against the æsthetic endeavour for actual beauty of shape and material in daily things. It seems to me that he only postpones the moment of capitulation: he cries “Away with fair and comely sights,” and yields to the fairness and comeliness that is to be found even in a Camden Town bed-sitting-room.
How to cite
E. M., ‘Art Notes’, in Illustrated London News, 15 July 1911, in Helena Bonett, Ysanne Holt, Jennifer Mundy (eds.), The Camden Town Group in Context, Tate Research Publication, May 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/camden-town-group/e-m-art-notes-r1104313, accessed 17 June 2019.