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The first significant exhibition of Gilman’s work since 1982
Harold Gilman (1876–1919) was part of the Camden Town Group of artists, a distinctive period of British art prior to the First World War. Gilman is known for his portrayals of English domestic life through his paintings of interiors, portraits, and still life works.
The exhibition at Djanogly Gallery 'is the first significant exhibition of Gilman's work since 1982.' The exhibition brings together works from private collections and national institutions. A curator's video of the exhibition is available. The exhibition space features two rooms dedicated to various periods of the artist's life and a diverse range of works, including sketches, drawings, and paintings, on a variety of individual and domestic themes.
The second room of the exhibition features works between 1914-1918 when Gilman moved to 47 Maple Street off of Tottenham Court Road and began a series paintings based on the location and his housekeeper, Mrs. Mounter. In 1918, Gilman travelled to Nova Scotia on a commission for the Canadian War Memorials. During that time, he made several pen drawings of the harbour in preparation for a final work of 2 x 3.5 metres, the largest of his paintings.
Left to right: Study of Halifax Harbour 1918; Study of Halifax Harbour 1918; Halifax Nova Scotia 1918
The artist's life was cut short by the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1919 just shortly after his 43rd birthday. This exhibition brings together works from across his life in celebration of an 'artist at the height of his powers and one whose premature death deprived British art of a vital presence.'
The exhibition closes soon, 10 February 2019. Admission is free. A catalogue of the images featured in the exhibition is available to purchase for £25 plus £3.50 postage. For details or to order, call the Djanogly Gallery desk on 0115 9513192.