ROBERT POLHILL BEVAN
1865 - 1925
HOUSES IN SUNLIGHT
signed Bevan (lower right)
oil on canvas
unframed: 50.5 by 61.5cm.; 19¾ by 24¼in.
framed: 69.5 by 79.5cm.; 27¼ by 31¼in.
Executed in 1915.
We are grateful to Patrick Baty for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work. Patrick is currently compiling the catalogue raisonné of the Artist’s work, and would like to hear from owners of any works by Robert Bevan, so that these can be included in this comprehensive catalogue. Please write to Patrick Baty c/o Modern & Post-War British Art, Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA, or email email@example.com.
The following condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar Ltd:
The canvas is unlined with the artist's stamps on the reverse. The turnover and tacking edges have been strengthened with what appears to be a partial strip-lining and are attached to the stretcher-bars with staples.
The heavily textured and impastoed paint surface appears structurally sound and secure. Inspection under ultraviolet light shows just the most minimal retouchings around the outer turnover edges. There are three very small retouchings in the pale pigments of the sky in the upper left of the composition, three small retouchings on the left of the lower horizontal turnover edge and a line, approximately 2 cm in length, just below the signature. There is also a very small retouching in the lower right corner. It should be stressed that these retouchings are all limited to the turnover edges and would be at least partially covered by the framing sight edge.
The painting would therefore appear to be in very good and stable condition and no further work is required.
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The Artist's Wife, 1925
R.A. Bevan, 1951
Mrs Natalie Bevan, 1975
Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London
Acquired by the Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, by 1986
Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, London, where acquired by the previous owner
Their sale, Sotheby's, London, 12 June 2017, lot 7, where acquired by the present owner
Charles Ginner, 'The Camden Town Group', The Studio, Vol. 130, no. 632, November 1945, illustrated p. 129
R.A. Bevan, Robert Bevan 1865-1925: A Memoir by His Son, Studio Vista Limited, London, 1965, illustrated pl. 51
Apollo, April 1975, no. 101, p. 326
Architectural Review, July 1975, no. 158, p. 57
Frances Stenlake, Robert Bevan: from Gauguin to Camden Town, Unicorn Press, London, 2008, pp. 91, 142, 148
London, Goupil Gallery, Fourth Exhibition of Works by Members of the London Group, June 1916, no. 69
Paris, Galerie Druet, Exposition d'un Groupe de Peintres Modernes, 27 June - 8 July 1921
London, Royal Watercolour Society Galleries, New English Art Club, 69th Exhibition, 27 December 1923 - 25 January 1924, no. 61
London, Goupil Gallery, Robert Bevan Memorial Exhibition, February 1926, no. 155 (as Houses in Sunlight, Hampstead)
Brighton, Brighton Public Art Galleries, Robert Bevan Memorial Exhibition, August 1926, no. 40 (as Houses in Sunlight, Hampstead)
Southampton, City Art Gallery, The Camden Town Group, 1951, no. 11 (as Houses in Sunlight, Hampstead, dated circa 1914-5)
London, Colnaghi & Co, Robert Bevan, 1961, no. 17 (dated 1914)
Colchester, The Minories, Robert Bevan Centenary Exhibition, 1965, no. 27, illustrated in the catalogue pl. VII
London, Colnaghi & Co, Robert Bevan 1865-1925, Centenary Exhibition, 23 March – 13 April 1965, no. 37, illustrated in the catalogue pl. VII
Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Robert Bevan Centenary Exhibition, April - May 1965, no. 37, illustrated in the catalogue pl. VII
London, Hampstead Town Hall, Camden Town Group: Hampstead Festival 1965, 21 May - 4 June 1965, no. 6
Colchester, The Minories, The R.A. Bevan Collection from Boxted House, 1975, no. 25
London, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, English Paintings from the Bevan Collection, 16 April – 9 May 1975, no. 6, illustrated in the catalogue
New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, The Camden Town Group, 1980, no. 11, illustrated in the catalogue