Horse Fair at the Barbican

Bevan, Robert

An artist whose great knowledge of horses is reflected in much of his work. A British painter and lithographer, born in Hove, Sussex, His father ran the Brighton Union Bank and Bevan was brought up on an estate on the Sussex Downs, where he and his brothers enjoyed riding to hounds and other country pursuits. He was expected to join the Bank but was permitted instead to attend art school. He studied briefly at the Westminster School of Art and then at the Académie Julian in Paris In 1890 he visited Pont-Aven, the artists’ colony in southern Brittany, at the time when it was strongly influenced by Gaugin. The oil paintings he produced at Pont-Aven were all of horses and, on his return to England, Bevan spent three years living on Exmoor hunting and drawing hunting subjects. He later settled in London and became a founding member of the Camden Town Group (1911), the London Group (1914) and the Cumberland Market Group (1914). Horses remained his favourite subject throughout his painting career. [Oxford D.A, 20C] This pencil and crayon sketch was made c. 1913 and was bought with the aid of a contribution from the LACF in1985.

Bevan

Drawing

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