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The East London Group In Southend

March 13, 2016
by the gentle author

As well as painting the East End streets, the celebrated East London Group of Artists also ventured further afield in search of subject matter and today we preview a new exhibition which explores this aspect of their work. The East London Group of Artists – Out of the City opens at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend on 19th March and runs until 25th June.

Windy Day on Marine Parade, Southend by Brynhild Parker (courtesy of Beecroft Gallery)

Poole Harbour by Elwin Hawthorne, 1934

Thorpe Bay by Henry Silk, 1933

Tattingstone Wonder by Walter Steggles, 1937

Church at Cranham by Essex Lilian Leahy, 1934

Bungay by Harold Steggles, 1934

The Wharfe at Arthington Viaduct by John Cooper, mid- thirties

North Foreland Lighthouse by Elwin Hawthorne, 1931

Chesil Bank from Portland by Harold Steggles, 1938

The Quay, Appledore by Brynhild Parker, 1931

Essex Landscape by Harold Steggles, 1934

The Thames At Cookham by Walter Steggles, 1931

Essex Landscape by Harold Steggles, 1930

Felpham by Walter Steggles, 1936

Entrance to the Port by Brynhild Parker, 1938

Ilfracombe by Elwin Hawthorne, 1933

Alnwick by Harold Steggles, 1936

At Brighton by Cecil Osborne, 1936

The new enlarged edition of From Bow to Biennale: Artists of the East London Group by David Buckman can be ordered direct from the publisher Francis Boutle and copies are on sale in bookshops including Brick Lane Bookshop, Broadway Books, Newham Bookshop, Stoke Newington Bookshop and London Review Bookshop.

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. March 13, 2016

    Wonderful paintings, I would love to be able to visit the exhibition, but the photos here are a great consolation. Valerie

  2. March 13, 2016

    Wish I was standing just outside the painting looking down at Chesil beach.

  3. gabrielle permalink
    March 13, 2016

    Utterly charming, evocative works of art. Thank you for bringing them to my attention.

  4. Ian. permalink
    March 13, 2016

    These pictures are fantastic. The Tattingstone Wonder brings back a memory of my Dad taking my sister and I on a mystery trip in our ageing Morris Minor in the early 1970s. He had not long since learnt to drive so I imagine it was as much of a thrill for him as for us. The Wonder was one of the places we stopped at and we could hardly believe what we were seeing as the church aspect of it is entirely convincing. Thanks for sharing the pictures and for sparking off the happy memory!

  5. March 13, 2016

    My next door neighbour was asked by David Bomberg to paint with his group in the late 30’s,I must ask if she also knew any of the London Group .

  6. Marco permalink
    March 13, 2016

    I’m not Bristish so I have a question. Does the fact that some of the East London Group’s paintings were used in Shell advertisements mean that those artists were famous at the time? Thanks.

  7. pauline taylor permalink
    March 13, 2016

    Lovely to see these works, the SHELL advertisements were always great and the Essex countryside views are spot on, just as I remember the village that I grew up in. Thank you for giving us a chance to see them. I agree with the comment re the Tattingstone Wonder!!

  8. March 13, 2016

    Marco, try for more information.

  9. March 13, 2016

    In A Windy Day I love the girl throwing her arms in the air. Sheer joy. I like the Shell posters, too.
    It really is all happening in Southend / Margate isn’t it? Do you think it is the Tracy Emin effect?

  10. Marco permalink
    March 14, 2016

    Thank you for the link, Joan Barleycorn.
    I really like these paintings, I had already seen some of them on this blog. I’m glad these artists are getting more attention now.

  11. March 14, 2016

    Finest Art!

    Love & Peace

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