Bevan, Robert Polhill (1865-1925) by Scholes, Robert

Robert Polhill Bevan (1865 – 1925) Born in Hove, he studied art with Alfred Pearce, at Westminster School of Art under , 1888, and at the Academie Julian in Paris. Fred Brown In 1891 he visited Spain and studied and and subsequently visited Tangiers with and George Denholm Armour. In 1890-1 and 1893-4 he was at Pont-Aven where, on his second visit, he met and and saw the work of . Velazquez Goya Joseph Crawhall Gauguin Renoir Cezanne On his return to England he worked for a time at Hawkbridge, Exmoor, before settling in London in 1900. In the summer of 1897 Bevan attended the wedding ,in Jersey, of his friend who was marrying an art student from Poland. The bridesmaid was also a Polish art student, . It was apparently love at first sight but because of language difficulties they had to communicate in French which was their only common language. Bevan wrote her many letters and then he journeyed into the depths of Polish countryside to her father’s house. They were married in Warsaw on 9 December 1897. Eric Forbes-Robertson Stanislawa de Karlowska His first solo exhibition was at Baillie Gallery in 1905. In 1908 he exhibited at the Allied Artists’ Association and his work was seen by and ; as a result he joined the Fitzroy Street Group. He was a founding member of the Camden Town Group (1911), the London Group (1913), and the Cumberland Market Group (1915). From 1910 he exhibited at the New English Art Club, becoming a member in 1922. He also showed at leading London galleries and at the Post-Impressionist and Futurist Exhibition organised by Frank Rutter. His subject matter is dominated by street scenes, cab yards and horse sales, though he also painted portraits. His pictures of his wife and himself are in the National Portrait Gallery. Spencer Gore Harold Gilman In for January 27th, 1910, Huntly Carter says Bevan is –referring, no doubt, to landscapes he painted on his visits to his wife’s country, such as Mydlow Village, linked below. The New Age painting the poetry of Poland NA 6.13:308

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