As we at the ECN are frequently keen to point out, the Public Catalogue Foundation and BBC Your Paintings have done an amazing job at bringing Edwardian paintings back into the public consciousness. Over the course of this year we intend to put the spotlight on specific collections, and to select a group of ten Edwardian (or near-Edwardian) paintings from that collection.
We start with one of the many galleries that opened during the Edwardian Era. The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth was founded by Sir Merton (1835–1921) and Lady (1835–1920) Russell-Cotes on Bournemouth’s East Cliff. Commissioned in 1897, the building was completed in 1901 and officially opened in 1907. The Russell-Cotes is a rare survivor as the residence of a Victorian private collector, which was purpose-designed and perpetuated as a permanent art museum. As a result, their collection of mainly 19th- and early 20th-century paintings can be viewed within their original context of sumptuous period interiors.
3. Cherubs by Edward Atkinson Hornel, 1899
4. Cliff-End, Studland, Dorset, by Harry van der Weyden, 1909-1910
5. Ethel, by John William Godward, 1898
7. The Pleiades, by Bernard Sleigh (date unknown, c.1900)
9. Repose, by Geza Vastagh, 1899
10. Green Park, London, by John Lavery, 1914
See the whole collection here!