The London Group was founded in 1913 by a group of young artists including Walter Sickert, Jacob Epstein and Wyndham Lewis. Holding annual exhibitions, its aim was to nurture and promote modern art. It was set up in opposition to the art establishment, offering a democratic alternative to the New English Art Club and the conservative and powerful Royal Academy, which was hostile to innovation and European developments. Unlike the Camden Group, which several founding members were associated with, the London Group did not exclude women artists from membership.
This is the catalogue produced for the London Group Retrospective Exhibition 1914-1928, held in 1928. It exhibited 266 artworks, including works of sculpture, oil paintings and watercolours.
The catalogue’s cover art, a woodblock print of a vase of flowers in red ink on pale orange paper, was designed by Allan Walton. During this decade, the group was influenced by Roger Fry and Bloomsbury Group artists such as Vanessa Bell. Bell, sister of writer Virginia Woolf, became a member of the Group in 1919 and regularly exhibited with them.
The London Group still exists today.
- Full title:
- Retrospective Exhibition 1914-1928. [A catalogue. With plates.]
- estimated 1928, Kensington, London
- Pamphlet / Illustration / Image
- London Group, Allan Walton, Roger Fry
- Usage terms
London Group: This material is in the Public Domain.
Allan Walton: © Estate of Allan Walton. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.
Roger Fry: This material is in the Public Domain.
- Held by
- British Library
- Article by:
- Will Hodgkinson
- Art, music and popular culture, European influence
Will Hodgkinson looks at the art exhibition which radically changed the course of art and culture in Britain.