Hidden Gems: Interiors

Interior scenes are often captivating because they reveal the artist’s intimate space and personal objects. Robert Austin depicts his unkempt bedroom on a rainy day, the display of unravelled blankets, disordered nightstand and slippers placed carelessly under the bed conjuring up a sense of time and space in the wake of the second world war. By contrast, Edward Halliday’s portrayal of the Prime-Minister’s house in New Delhi communicates a different sensibility – that of order and wealth. Diverse activities are taking place in some of the scenes, such as a game of charades at Barnett Freedman’s house, sewing in Edith Granger Taylor’s The Pink Armchair or reading in Charles Mahoney’s Portrait of Geoffrey Rhoades. Others are empty rooms, giving the appearance of carefully orchestrated still-lives, such as Finney’s Room Overlooking the Sea or Charles Burleigh’s Still life in the Artist’s Studio. Herbert James Gunn, however, paints himself directly into the scene, portraying himself as an artist languishing in Stygian gloom – striking a pose between melancholia and heroic patriotism, the walls of his studio subtly disappearing into the background.

Works FEATURED in this Exhibition

Frank Brangwyn
Aerial perspective of Kyoraku Art Museum, Tokyo, 1918
Barnett Freedman
Charades, 1937
Sir Herbert James Gunn
Self-portrait in Studio at Pembroke Walk, c.1940
Douglas Percy Bliss
BR Haydon torn between “High Art” and a selling line of “Napoleans Musing”
Gilbert Spencer
Candlewick Curtains
Edith Granger-Taylor
The Pink Armchair, 1920’s
Charles Mahoney
Room at the Queens Hotel, Ambleside, circa 1940
Robert Austin
My bed, rainy day, 1939
On Loan
Hubert Arthur Finney
Room Overlooking the Sea, circa 1930
Charles H.H. Burleigh
Still life in the Artist’s Studio , circa 1900
Edward Halliday
Prime Minister’s House, New Delhi, 1954
Gilbert Spencer
The Enemy, circa 1942
Barnett Freedman
Study for Charade, circa 1936
Charles Mahoney
Portrait of Geoffrey Rhoades, 1930
Albert de Belleroche
L’Atelier, Hampstead, circa 1912