I love new discoveries, especially when I find them in unusual places.
I came across an small article in Country Life magazine..written
by Art Market specialist, Huon Mallalieu...
"A highlight of the fair (BADA) is a group of paintings shown by Abbott & Holder.
Victor Tardieu (1870-1937) is an artist who deserves to be much better known, and his series
of studies of the Duchess of Sutherland's hospital 'camp in the oatfield' in 1915 should be
bought by the Imperial War Museum forthwith.
This naturally raised my curiosity. Firstly, I was delighted to discover Abbott and Holder gallery.
It is conveniently situated on Museum St, opposite the British Museum. I look forward to the opportunity to visit one day. In the meantime, if you are interested, you can view their
LISTS, introducing 100 oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints. It is available on the first Wednesday of every month (here).
More importantly, the paintings above are included in a series of ten WWl oil paintings by Victor Tardieu (1870-1937) which record the tented field hospital established and run by Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland (1867-1955) at Bourbourg, twelve miles south-west of Dunkirk during the summer months of 1915. The paintings were given to the Duchess by the artist and have remained in the Sutherland collection ever since. This is the first time they have been exhibited.
The entire collection is not to be missed!
Be sure to read the History of the collection as well...fascinating!
If you plan to attend the BADA Fair ( British Antique Dealers' Association),
you will see them on display with Abbott and Holder. I hope to be there.
I feel these are not to be missed. The fair will be held March 21-27 2012
at the Duke of York Square, by Sloane Square, London
In case you are wondering...
|Victor Tardieu, painter and|
Dean Indochina School of Fine Arts1925-1937
|Millicent the 4th Duchess of Sutherland|
received the Croix de guerre for her Red Cross work
during World War l.
Some of you may know that we will be moving to Vietnam in a few months time.
I was interested to learn that Victor Tardieu spend much of his time in his later
years in Hanoi, Vietnam where he founded the Indochina School of Fine Art.
He had a profound influence over Vietnamese painting and art during that time.
I hope to discover more of his work one day.
|A Hanoi girl by Victor Tardieu (1870-1937)|