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‘British Portraits’ at The Fine Art Society, London

"Mrs C. Sargeant Jagger," 1917, by David Jagger (1891-1958), Oil on canvas, signed Jagger, lower right, 22 1/8 x 18 1/8 inches (56 x 46 cm), London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1917 (507)
(Courtesy: The Fine Art Society)

Closing at the end of February is an exquisite exhibition of portraits at The Fine Art Society. The London gallery is hosting “British Portraits,” an exhibition that features some of the finest artists and subjects from the previous two centuries.

The exhibition has a selection of fine British portraits from the 19th and 20th centuries. Together, these works represent the changing face of British portraiture from the academic to the modern. Artists featured include Sir William Orpen, Gerald Brockhurst, Augustus John, John Singer Sargent, John Bulloch Souter, Cecile Walton and James Cowie. 

The Fine Art Society was founded in London in 1876 by a group of like-minded collectors led by William Longman of the publishing family; Archibald Stuart-Wortley MP, who was also a fine amateur artist; and Marcus Bourne Huish (1843–1921), lawyer, editor, writer and collector, who became the first Managing Director, while at the same time editing The Art Journal. Huish was a great Japanophile and one of the founders of the Japan Society. The early success of the gallery was based on publishing engravings of popular paintings. 

The exhibition is on view through February 28, 2018, at The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street London W1S 2JT, UK.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/the-fine-art-society/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.