Hidden Gems II: A Time & Place

In this week’s edition of Hidden Gems, Liss Llewellyn are delighted to unveil Time & Place. Certain artworks possess the ability to transport the viewer. In some cases this can be a temporal experience, where the observer is ferried to an altogether different, bygone era. This may be seen in Tirzah Garwood’s (1908-1951) Bakers Shop, with its adverts for Daren’s brown bread, and Hovis cart parked outside. So too in Audrey Weber’s (1898-1981) The Number 9 Bus, with the bus conductor on duty at the rear of his double-decker, surrounded by old-fashioned roadsters.

Other works in this selection evoke a very specific moment in history, such as Charles Mahoney’s (1903-1968) wartime Observation Post, or Claude Francis Barry’s (1883-1970) Victoire Feux d’Artifices Moscow, as the spectacular fireworks display – rendered in the artist’s signature, Pointillist style – signals the VE Day celebrations on the 9th May, 1945.

Conversely, there are also pictures which seem to withstand the tick of time, and feel as fresh and contemporary as the day in which they were painted. This could be said of Gilbert Spencer’s (1892-1979) leafy Hampstead landscape, The Balcony, and elsewhere in Mahoney and Percy Horton’s (1897-1970) sleepy views of their homes in Wrotham and Dulwich Village, respectively.

Works FEATURED in this Exhibition

Private
Collection
Tirzah Garwood-Ravilious
Daren, Baker’s Shop, 1945-46
Private
Collection
Claude Francis Barry
Palace of the Popes Avignon
Forthcoming
Gilbert Spencer
The Balcony, 6 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, 1928
Sold
Charles Mahoney
Observation Post – Wrotham Hill, circa 1940
Private
Collection
Claude Francis Barry
Victoire Feux dArtifices Moscow, VE Day 9th May 1945.
Private
Collection
Audrey Weber
The Number 9 Bus, circa 1920
Forthcoming
David Evans
The Boulevard, 1970
Forthcoming
Charles Mahoney
Study of Oak Cottage, circa 1940
Forthcoming
Albert de Belleroche
View across a harbour, possibly Boulogne Sur Mer, 1890