Edwardian Stage and Society: Sketches by R. G Mathews
Past display archive
2 September 2008 - 22 March 2009
by Richard George Mathews
Born in Montreal Mathews moved to London in around 1907 where he drew portraits of people in the public eye and contributed to the weekly illustrated newspaper, the Bystander. The drawings in their subtle shadings and fine detail not only capture individual likenesses but evoke a mood of a pleasure-seeking globe-trotting era. Speedier means of transport were complemented by an international exchange of ideas and culture, and the proliferation of illustrated newspapers across the British Empire. In that energetic and fast moving society, these figures would have been instantly recognisable. The display brings their names and faces once again into the public eye.