MR. FRANK RUTTER, who writes the preface to the little show, now on view at the Leicester Galleries, has the merit, not always belonging to critics, that he realizes the potential historic interest of his contemporaries. He justly claims to have had a finger in this particular pie, through his organization of the Allied Artists Association, which brought many of the men together. His reminiscences tempt me to a like lapse into gossip. “Every man his own Vasari” – the pursuit of Art has after all a lighter side. I have but to close my eyes to see 19 Fitzroy Street on a Saturday afternoon with its rack for keeping pictures and its store of tea and cake for the entertainment of possible patrons. But to many of the present generation this little “Cenacle” is almost as legendary as that commemorated by Murger, which indeed it resembled as closely as any non-imitative and purely British Institution well could. Alike for historic and atmospheric effect, let the printers of the Saturday drop honorifics for once.
How to cite
Walter Bayes, ‘The Camden Town Group’, in The Saturday Review, 25 January 1930, pp.100–1, 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/walter-bayes-the-camden-town-group-r1104291, accessed 08 March 2021.