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London Group


108 People in artist grouping:

Still active, and with its largest membership numbers, The London Group, created in 1913, continues to be the only democratically run artists' group to have spanned two centuries. Formed from members of The Camden Town Group and The Vorticists movement, the group was a reaction to The Royal Academy's dominance over the London art world, restricting artists in their ability to choose what they learnt in their classes, made and exhibited. The young original members in 1913 set out to radicalise the art scene, by giving artists access to affordable exhibition venues, where they could curate their own shows. The group flourished, and the 1960s-70s marked a golden era in their bid to revitalise the art world, as they became the group of choice for all new emerging artists, continuing to host affordable and popular shows.

William Turnbull

William Turnbull

1922-2012
Sculptor
Sitter in 7 portraits
Keith Vaughan

Keith Vaughan

1912-1977
Painter
Sitter in 16 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Dame Ethel Walker

Dame Ethel Walker

1861-1951
Painter and sculptor
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Allan Walton

Allan Walton

1891-1948
Painter and textile designer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Anthony Whishaw

Anthony Whishaw

1930-
Painter
Sitter in 2 portraits
Edward Wolfe

Edward Wolfe

1897-1982
Painter
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits
Jack Yeats

Jack Yeats

1871-1957
Artist
Sitter in 17 portraits
Laetitia Karoline Yhap

Laetitia Karoline Yhap

1941-
Artist
Sitter in 1 portrait

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