Christopher R.W. Nevinson (1889-1946)
We are grateful to Dr. Jonathan Black for the following chronology
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson: Chronology:
13 August 1889: born John Street (now Keats Grove), Hampstead to Henry Woodd Nevinson (1856-1941) and Margaret Nevinson née Jones (1858-1932).
1901: Nevinson family moved to 4 Downside Crescent, Belsize Park, London. This remained Nevinson’s home until 1919.
September 1903-December 1907: educated Uppingham Public School, Rutland.
February 1907: visited exhibition of etchings in London by Muirhead Bone and James Abbott McNeil Whistler.
1908: art student at St. John’s Wood School of Art, Elm Tree Road, London.
1909-1912: art student at the Slade School of Art, University College, Gower Street, London.
May 1909: visited exhibition of etchings in London by Francis Dodd.
May 1911: visited Professor Michael Sadler to see his collection of German Expressionist woodcuts.
1911-1912: received instruction in lithography from Ernest Jackson, London County Council School, Southampton Row, London.
April 1913: first meeting with a Futurist artist – Gino Severini.
October 1913: exhibited Futurist paintings at the ‘Post-Impressionists and Futurists’ exhibition, Doré Galleries, New Bond Street, London.
November 1913: founder member of the London Group.
June 1914: publication in London of the English Futurist Manifesto (with F.T. Marinetti) ‘Vital English Art.’
November 1914-January 1915: service as an ambulance driver and medical orderly with the Friends Ambulance Unit in France and Belgium.
June 1915-January 1916: service as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the Third London General Hospital (Territorial), Wandsworth.
June 1915: exhibited as an ‘Independent’ in the Vorticist Exhibition, Doré Galleries, London.
November 1915: married Kathleen Mary Knowlman at Hampstead Town Hall.
Summer 1916: made first prints (drypoints).
26 September-4 November 1916: first solo exhibition held at the Leicester Galleries, Leicester Square, London (included 12 prints – all drypoints).
January 1917: first lithographs exhibited at Senefelder Club, Leicester Galleries, London.
June 1917: contributed six lithographs on theme of ‘Making Aircraft’ to Britain’s Efforts and Ideals lithographic series commissioned by the Department of Information.
July-August 1917: one month in France and Belgium as an official war artist for the Department of Information.
January-February 1918: made first woodcuts.
1 March-5 April 1918: exhibition of his official war art held at the Leicester Galleries, London (included 19 prints: 11 lithographs; 6 drypoints and 2 woodcuts).
Summer 1918: made first mezzotints.
January 1919: renounced adherence to Futurism.
29 April-17 May 1919: exhibition of 46 prints at the Frederick J. Keppel Galleries, 4 East 39th Street, New York (21 lithographs; 20 drypoints; 3 mezzotints and 2 woodcuts).
May 1919: first visit to New York.
June 1919: death of only son Anthony Christopher Wynne Nevinson in London.
June 1919: moved to Flat 1, 295 Euston Road, London.
October 1919: solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, London (included 10 prints: 4 mezzotints; 3 lithographs; 2 drypoints and 1 woodcut).
July-August 1920: solo exhibition at the Manchester City Art Gallery (included 26 prints: 15 lithographs; 8 drypoints and 3 mezzotints).
October-November 1920: Nevinson and wife visited New York.
8 November-4 December 1920: solo exhibition ‘The Old World and The New’ at the Bourgeois Galleries, Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street, New York (included 31prints: 18 lithographs; 11 drypoints and 2 mezzotints).
April 1921: 10 New York prints exhibited at Friday Club, London.
July 1921: 12 New York prints exhibited at the Keppel Galleries, New York.
August 1921: moved to Number One, Steele’s Studios, Haverstock Hill, London.
February 1922: made first etchings and aquatints.
February 1923: solo exhibition of 47 drypoints and etchings at the Leicester Galleries, London.
April 1924: 20 of his prints displayed inside the British Pavilion at the 19th Venice Biennale.
January 1926: exhibited 40 drypoints and etchings with Walter Sickert in exhibition ‘Two British Etchers’ at the Albert Roulier Galleries, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, USA.
October 1926: solo exhibition of prints at the Kraushaar Galleries, Fifth Avenue, New York.
January 1927: solo exhibition of prints at Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery, Glasgow.
January 1927: elected a member of the Savage Club, London.
25 April-21 May 1927: solo exhibition of 56 prints at Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery, Cork Street, London (26 drypoints; 22 etchings; 4 etchings with aquatint and 4 mezzotints).
July-August 1927: solo exhibition of prints at the Ruskin Galleries, Birmingham.
May 1929: elected a member of the New English Art Club, London.
January 1930: elected Vice-Chairman of the National Society.
October 1930: solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, London (included 38 prints: 16 etchings; 11 drypoints; 9 lithographs and 2 mezzotints – this would be his last major public display of prints).
April 1931: joint exhibition with sculptor Barney Seale at J. Leger & Son Gallery, Fifth Avenue, New York.
November 1931: 6 of his prints included in the British Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan.
1932-1933: prolonged period of serious illness; nearly died in summer of 1932.
February 1932: elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.
May 1932: publication of a volume of Modern Masters of Etching: C.R.W. Nevinson by Malcom Salaman.
June 1932: death of Margaret Nevinson.
October 1934: published Exodus AD: A Warning to Civilians with Princess Princess Troubetzkoy (Muriel Beddam).
November 1937: published autobiography Paint and Prejudice.
May 1938: appointed a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government.
April 1939: elected an Associate of the Royal Academy, London (proposed by etchers Francis Dodd and Henry Rushbury).
September 1940: volunteered to work as medical orderly and stretcher bearer at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.
November 1940: suffered a mild stroke while tending wounded at the Royal Free Hospital.
1941-1942: unofficial war artist attached to RAF Bomber Command.
November 1941: death of Henry Nevinson.
October 1942: suffered second more serious stroke, lost use of right hand and lost sight in right eye.
7 October 1946: died at home, no 1 Steele’s Studios, Chalk Farm.
May-June 1947: C.R.W. Nevinson Memorial Exhibition held at the Leicester Galleries, London.
10 September-30 October 1988: C.R.W. Nevinson: A Retrospective Exhibition, Kettle’s Yard Gallery, University of Cambridge.
28 October 1999-30 January 2000: Retrospective Exhibition C.R.W. Nevinson: The Twentieth Century, Imperial War Museum, London.
25 September-25 October 2014: Retrospective Exhibition of his prints C.R.W. Nevinson: A Printmaker in War and Peace, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.