Following the series of blog posts about the 1911 exhibition 'A Century of Art, 1810-1910' (blog posts 487, 488, 489, and 490), Jan Piggott authored the article below about the largest competing exhibition that year.
The International Fine Arts Exhibition in Rome, 1911In March 1911 Ricketts, home from Egypt, made frustrating preparations for his 'Century of Art, 1810-1910' exhibition, so full of character, at the Grafton Galleries on behalf of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. The Globe reviewer (quoted in Post 490) mentioned one special difficulty the organisers had coped with: severe demands on lenders from 'huge' exhibitions of British art elsewhere.
|British pavilion's portico designed by Edwin Lutyens:|
'The Main Entrance of the British Fine Art Palace'
(from: International Fine Arts Exhibition Rome 1911. Souvenir of the British Section)
Photograph of the portico of Sir Edwin Luytens, 1916
Home for the British School at Rome
The British Pavilion
|Charles Shannon, 'The Man in a Black Shirt' (1898)|
[Self Portrait: London, National Portrait Gallery]
The Paris Expo 1900
'The Clou of the Whole Art Exhibition'
|Charles Shannon, 'The Bath' (1908)|
[said to be part of the Sydney Gallery collection c. 1920;
sold at auction in 2014; whereabouts unknown]
The catalogue entry for Shannon tells us he is an Associate of the Royal Academy, a 'painter in oil and lithographer'. He lent 'The Bath' and 'Portrait of the Artist' (now untraced), the latter reproduced in the Souvenir. This was also known as 'The Marble Torso' (see blog post 458): Shannon is looking at a portfolio of lithographs, the maimed classical statue behind.
|Charles Ricketts, 'The Betrayal' (1904)|
[Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle]