The Camden Town Group in Context

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Robert Bevan Letter to James Bolivar Manson [?18 March 1925]

Robert Bevan 'Letter to James Bolivar Manson' [?18 March 1925]
Robert Bevan 1865–1925
Letter to James Bolivar Manson [?18 March 1925]
Tate Archive TGA 806/1/74
The date on this letter from Robert Bevan to James Bolivar Manson reads 18 March 1925; however, this could be a mistake as the content of the letter suggests a date of eleven years earlier. The first London Group exhibition took place in March 1914 but Lucien Pissarro, Manson’s close friend, had resigned from the group before the exhibition opened. Manson was secretary of the group but also resigned in April.
If the date is correct then it is likely that Pissarro resigned from one of the groups that he and Bevan were members of in the 1920s, such as the Modern English Watercolour Society, which held its first exhibition in April 1923, or the Society of Print-Makers, which held its first exhibition in May 1924.
Frances Stenlake, Robert Bevan: From Gauguin to Camden Town, London 2008, pp.169–70.

Helena Bonett
August 2011

Transcript

[Handwritten:]
14 Adamson Rd
N.W.3
1[?8]/3/25
Dear Manson
 I do not know quite when is the latest for proposing members. I got the form a few days ago.
 I think Pissarro makes a mistake in resigning. Almost everybody was treated in a rotten manner at the last show.
 The whole thing appears to have been a miscalculation.
 Yours sincerely
 Robert P Bevan

How to cite

Robert Bevan, Letter to James Bolivar Manson, [?18 March 1925], 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/robert-bevan-letter-to-james-bolivar-manson-r1104558, accessed 23 April 2019.