Noctes Ambrosianae
Walter Sickert
Noctes Ambrosianae

Gallery G
English, Irish and German Paintings and Drawings

The British section was largely composed of works by Augustus John, the first British artist to be referred to as a post-Impressionist when his work was shown concurrently with the First Post-Impressionist Exhibition in London (Robins 7). His paintings in Gallery G were primarily oils from this 1910 exhibition at the Chenil Gallery and reflected a trip John had made to Provence in early 1910. Children Paddling may have been from the same series as John's painting in the Armory Show, Group of Boys Paddling. His 27 oils, drawings, and watercolors in Gallery G also included studies of olive groves in the south of France. John undoubtedly knew of the strong associations the region of Provence carried for many French post-Impressionists, including van Gogh. John was invited by Roger Fry to participate in the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition in London (Winter 1912), but decided against showing his work there (Robins 48).

James Dickson Innes, who often painted and showed his work with John, was also represented in the Armory Show, with four oil paintings and two watercolors in Gallery G. Many of these works resulted from a trip to Wales with John during the summer of 1912. Both painters were peripherally involved with the Camden Town Group in 1911, an artist's association that organized exhibitions outside the Royal Academy. Members included Walter Sickert (above) as well as younger artists Duncan Grant and Wyndam Lewis. Although Kuhn and Davies visited Roger Fry's exhibition late in 1912 and arranged for numerous paintings to be shipped to New York before the close of the Grafton Galleries show, they did not invite any of the British post-Impressionists, such as Fry, Grant, Lewis, or Vanessa Bell, whose work was in the 1912 exhibition. Most likely, Davies and Kuhn, when they became familiar with these artists' works, did not consider them "personal notes distinctly sounded," (Brown, Story 88) a phrase they were willing to lend to many American paintings and sculptures. Earlier impressionist works by Sickert and Charles Conder could be seen as well.


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