ART AND LEGACY:
MANAGING ARTISTS' ESTATES
17.00 (GMT) / 13.00 (EDT)
TUESDAY 21 MARCH 2023
On the occasion of the new exhibition In Her Own Voice: The Art of Lucy Kemp-Welch (April, 1st - October, 1st 2023) at the museum and art gallery, Russell-Cotes house in Bournemouth, London Art Week will present an online conversation with David Messum (Chairman, Messum's Fine Art) and Dr David Boyd Haycock (Writer, Curator and Historian), chaired by Patrick Duffy (Archivist, Messum's Fine Art).
Lucy Kemp-Welch was once the most celebrated equine artist in Britain, finding fame amongst the Victorian art world elite at the Royal Academy as well as by the masses through her illustrations for Anna Sewell's classic novel, Black Beauty, which has been enjoyed by millions. Sadly, by the 1970s when David Messum took on representation of the estate, her work, name and contribution to the arts had almost been forgotten, overshadowed by the radical evolution of art in post war Britain. Looking past the often complex financial and business elements of running an estate, we will discuss how and why commercial galleries take on the substantial task of nurturing and maintaining an Artist's legacy. David Messum and Patrick Duffy will be joined by David Boyd Haycock to discuss the history of the Estate of Lucy Kemp Welch, her return to prominence, and her future role in reshaping the history of women artists.
This exhibition is the first significant retrospective highlighting her work, in particular as a painter of horses, since her death. This exhibition was made possible with a grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, and will feature works from national and regional museums, including the Imperial War Museum, Bushey Museum and Southampton City Art Gallery.
The exhibition will coincide with the launch of David Boyd Haycock's new biography of the artist, due to be published in 2023.
If you missed this talk, click to watch it now!
Celebrating his sixtieth year in business, David Messum started his own art dealership in 1963 with a shop in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. His name is now synonymous with the art dealership of West London. Today, David continues to exhibit works of art by 18th, 19th and 20th Century British artists, on whose names the reputation of the company was founded, together with a regularly changing exhibition program focusing on the Contemporary Artists and Artist Estates managed by the company.
David Boyd Haycock is an established freelance writer, curator and lecturer, specialising in early twentieth-century British art and culture. He is best known for his 2009 book, A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War, and the subsequent exhibition he curated at Dulwich Picture Gallery. His latest books include a new biography on Lucy Kemp-Welch written for David Messum's Studio Publications, the release of which will coincide with the major exhibition, In Her Own Voice: The Art of Lucy Kemp-Welch, curated by David and held at the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth.
Patrick Duffy was the Associate Director of The Fine Art Society before joining Messum's. For nearly a decade he has established relationships with a community of specialists and dealers working in Mayfair and St James's. As the archivist at David Messum's Fine Art, he continues his research and writing on late nineteenth and early twentieth century British art and artists, and is dedicated to producing academic and curated exhibitions.
About Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958)
The outstanding horse painter of her generation, Lucy Kemp-Welch began her training in 1891 at Herkomer's famous painting schools at Bushey in Hertfordshire, were Herkomer, with his quite revolutionary style of individual art training, encouraged her natural talent for painting animals. Kemp-Welch quickly developed a reputation for painting horses culminating in the honour of having her painting Colt Hunting in the New Forest aquired by the Chantrey Bequest for permanent display at the Tate Gallery in 1897. It was the first work acquired by the Chantrey Bequest from a woman.
Lucy's fascination with animals was not limited to the portrayal of horses. Through her special affection for the working horse she became familiar with other agricultural animals and the labourers and farmers who tended them. Over the span of her long career Kemp Welch created many elegant depictions of agricultural animals often rendered in watercolour or pastel. She is perhaps best known for her illustrations of the 1915 edition of Anna Sewell's classic tale, 'Black Beauty'.
The Studio Estate of Lucy Kemp-Welch has been represented by Messum's since 1972, since when there have been a number of successful exhibitions and publications leading to her artistic reappraisal.
The exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.
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