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The Camden Town Group was a group of Englishmarker Post-Impressionist artists active 1911-1913. They gathered frequently at the studio of painter Walter Sickert in the Camden Townmarker area of Londonmarker.


In 1908 critic Frank Rutter created the Allied Artists Association (AAA), a group separate from the Royal Academymarker artistic societies and modelled on the French Salon des Ind├ępendants. Many of the artists who became the Camden Town Group exhibited with the AAA.

The members of the Camden Town Group included Walter Sickert, Harold Gilman, Spencer Frederick Gore, Lucien Pissarro (the son of Frenchmarker Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro), Wyndham Lewis, Walter Bayes, J.B. Manson, Robert Bevan, Augustus John, Henry Lamb, and Charles Ginner.

Influences include Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin whose work can clearly be traced throughout this groups work. Their portrayal of much of pre 1914-18 war London, as well as during the conflict, is as historically interesting as it is artistically important.
In the Cinema by Malcolm Drummond is noted for its claustrophobic feeling. It is an interesting foil to the work of Sickert who painted many rowdy music hall scenes, including Gallery of the Old Mogul (also depicting the viewers of a film). Sickert's "Ennui" of 1914 is often considered the masterpiece of this group's work, with its portrayal of boredom and apathy in the mould of Flaubert and others.

The group organized the exhibition of Cubist and Post-Impressionist paintings.

A major retrospective of the group's works was held at Tate Britainmarker in Londonmarker in 2008. The show did not include eight of the members, among them Duncan Grant, J.D. Innes, Augustus John, Henry Lamb, Wyndham Lewis and J.B. Manson, who was, according to Wendy Baron, of "too little individual character".


It was decided that there should be a 16 member, men only, limit on the group: Maxwell Gordon Lightfoot died after the first exhibition, and Duncan Grant was elected to take his place.

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Notes and references

  1. Lambirth, Andrew. "Velvet Revolutionaries", The Spectator, 5 March 2008. Retrieved 15 September 2008.
  2. Baron, Wendy and Sickert, Walter. Sickert: Paintings and Drawings, p. 81, Yale University Press, 2006. ISBN 0300111290, ISBN 9780300111293. Available on Google books.

Further reading

Robert Upstone, Modern Painters: The Camden Town Group, exhibition catalogue, Tate Britain, London, 2008 ISBN 1854377817

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