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Christopher R.W. Nevinson (1889-1946)

We are grateful to Dr. Jonathan Black for the following chronology

(May 2014).


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.


We are grateful to Dr. Jonathan Black for the above chronology

(May 2014). 

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