The British Impressionists

For more than three decades Liss Llewellyn have championed the work of the Grand Old Men of British Impressionism artists such as Albert de Belleroche, Frank Brangwyn, Harry Bush, Charles Cundall, Alexander Jamieson, Gerald Kelly and Arthur Studd. Sourced directly from Artists’ Estates, Liss Llewellyn hold unrivaled stock of work by these and other Unsung Heroes of the period.

  • Henry-Payne: The-Letter-Reader,-1935
    Henry Payne: The Letter Reader, 1935
  • Albert-de-Belleroche: Four-portrait-studies
    Albert de Belleroche: Four-portrait studies
  • Albert-de-Belleroche: Portrait-of-Dr-O-Conner
    Albert de Belleroche: Portrait of Dr O Conner
  • Sir-Gerald-Festus-Kelly: The-Tour-St.-Jacques,-Paris,-circa-1901
    Sir Gerald Festus Kelly: The Tour St. Jacques, Paris, circa 1901
  • Gilbert-Spencer: Trees-at-Garsington,-mid-1920s
    Gilbert Spencer: Trees at Garsington, mid 1920's
  • Harry-Bush: Buckingham-Palace,-1930s
    Harry Bush: Buckingham Palace, 1930's
  • Albert-de-Belleroche: Still-life-with-blue-pot-and-folded-cloth,-late-1880s
    Albert de Belleroche: Still life with blue pot and folded cloth, late 1880's

Catalogues of British Impressionists

Charles Cundall (1890-1971)

Published: February 2016
160 pages, colour illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-9567139-8

Nominated for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.

Between 1918 and 1970 Charles Cundall (1890-1971) exhibited nearly two hundred and fifty pictures at the Royal Academy and a further one hundred and seventy-five at the New English Art Club.  One hundred and forty-nine of his oil paintings – and countless works on paper – found their way into British public collections.  Statistics alone do not argue that an artist is important but it is surprising that this is the first publication on Cundall’s life and work…. In two genres Cundall excelled – he was a master of painting crowd scenes – whether at Irish cattle markets or sporting events such as Derby Day. He was also a master of painting industrial scenes, with compositions spanning half a century recording sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Greece. 

Frank Brangwyn
Stations of the Cross

Published: February 2015
40 pages, +30 colour illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-9567139-7

This publication – which has been made possible entirely through the generosity of Tigger Hoare – was prompted by the discovery of a complete set of Brangwyn’s Stations of the Cross, painted in oil, which originally hung in St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough. The participation of the Diocese of London has added a dimension which Brangwyn himself would have relished. Although brought up a Catholic, his faith was a strong belief in Christian values rather than an adherence to one particular creed and he told a friend that ‘Life here is nothing without God. The time comes when one has to leave it all, then one says to oneself what can I say I have done to please Him?’ … In his own self-effacing way Brangwyn did much to please Him.

Frank Brangwyn
Drawings from the Collection of Father Jerome Esser

Published: February 2015
48 pages, 44 colour illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-9930884-0

During his lifetime Brangwyn made large donations of his works to museums in the United Kingdom and abroad, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, the William Morris Gallery, the Albertina in Vienna and the Gruuthuse in Bruges. As a result of this munificence, substantial drawings by Brangwyn, especially his celebrated large sheets in red and black chalk, only rarely appear on the market. … The endless extant sketches that he made on the backs of envelopes, letterheads and scraps of paper are evidence that for Brangwyn drawing was a compulsion. In her forthcoming catalogue raisonné, Dr. Libby Horner has recorded over three thousand drawings by Brangwyn. … The drawings that became Esser’s collection, which have lain hidden for over half a century, were made up of works that Brangwyn, with characteristic modesty, had left in his studio with a written instruction, ‘most of this lot destroy’. Never intended for presentation, they explore and resolve alternative compositions and the relation of figures to each other and to the space they occupy.

Murals & Decorative Painting 1920-1960

Published: October 2013
352 pages, 130 colour illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-908326-23

Nominated for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.

This book is illustrated with a series of specially commissioned photographs that record some of the least known but most remarkable mural cycles in Great Britain. In the vast majority of cases these works have previously only been reproduced in black and white if at all. … Today murals are rarely seen as the artist intended. Often they are partially obscured, especially where there has been a change of building use. Frequently works are completely covered up or painted over – examples include murals by Mary Sargent Florence, Mary Adshead, Eric Ravilious, Dora Carrington, William Roberts and Gilbert Spencer. Where murals survive they are more often than not displaced works. Historic photographs showing John Piper’s The Englishman’s Home at The Festival of Britain, in situ on the river side of the Homes and Gardens Pavilion on Belvedere Road, come as a revelation; a digital reconstruction of Frank Brangwyn’s Empire panels for The House of Lords, seen in situ as they were originally intended, gives a dramatically more favourable impression than their final installation in The Brangwyn Hall, Swansea.

British Paintings & Works on Paper

Published: 2007
272 pages 220 illustrations

This current catalogue has been two years in the making. The 150 objects chosen have been divided into three sections: Paintings, Works on Paper, and Design. The Design section is fascinating because it presents items that are rarely seen, comprising works in plaster, works on tracing paper, works on lithographic zinc plates, original wood-blocks, copper plates, stage sets, and poster designs. Neither pure paintings, pure drawings nor pure sculptures, they are seen as commercially problematic. In this catalogue they are celebrated. The immediacy and the beauty of the original wood-blocks by Frank Brangwyn, the original copper plates by Robert Sargent Austin, and the plaster maquettes by James Woodford, are, we hope, self-evident.

Frank Brangwyn: A Mission to Decorate

Published: 2006
264 pages

Nominated for the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History.

This exhibition, which was five years in the making, was the largest commercial show of Brangwyn’s work ever undertaken. Our aim was to represent every aspect of Brangwyn's remarkable oeuvre in the belief that the range and diversity of his talent has never previously been fully appreciated. For too long he has been known simply as a muralist or a painter or print maker. We want him to be seen in the round: a man whose self-stated raison d’être was ‘a mission to decorate life’ .

British Paintings & Works on Paper

Published: 2005
240 pages 176 illustrations

Many of the artists featured in this catalogue — Monnington, Jas Wood, Banting, Colquhoun, Stephenson, Medley, Rowntree, Vaughan, Canney and Nockolds —moved freely between figurative and abstract art. It was part of their journey. In their ambitious exploration to find a pure art that went beyond reality, they often stopped, or hesitated, and in many cases returned to figurative painting. Artists such as Bush, Knights, Kelly and Cundall remained throughout their lives purely figurative. Their best work, however, is underpinned by an economy of design, which not only verges on the abstract, but was fed by the compositional purity developed by the pursuit of abstraction.

British Paintings & Works on Paper

Published: 2004
128 pages 89 illustrations

There is no obvious explanation for today’s neglect of artists such as Sir Frank Brangwyn, Albert de Belleroche, Clara Klinghoffer, Richard Carline, Charles Cundall and Sir Gerald Kelly. They were hugely celebrated in their day, and it is only a matter of time before the pendulum swings back. Art moves in and out of fashion: what one generation celebrates, the next forgets or rejects. The works of art do not change, nor their quality; in the life cycle of fashion it is only perceptions that alter What Monnington termed ‘works with integrity’ will always stand the test of time.

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