Hardy’s Wessex and John Everett – original artworks for sale

A rare opportunity to own an original work by John Everett (1876-1949) as part of the current exhibition Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex, 1900 – 1914

Inquisitive Eyes explores the importance of Wessex to a group of early twentieth century landscape painters, who met and trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. It focuses on the Dorset landscape, which lies at the heart of the region which the writer Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) defined as Wessex.


Dorchester-born Hardy was conscious of the need to capture this area’s fast disappearing scenery and way of life. Artists working in Dorset from the late Victorian period were influenced by Hardy’s vivid descriptions of the countryside and people. Hardy himself was friendly with the Everetts, a local family whose son Herbert attended the Slade between 1896-1901. Aware of Dorset’s painterly potential, Everett (known as John from 1901) encouraged and assisted his contemporaries and successful London artists to visit the county.


The exhibition features a number of Everett’s works and casts light on the important role he played throughout his career in bringing artists to that part of the world.

Outside of the main gallery space, on the staircase leading to the Link Space, you will find a selection of stunning aquatints and drypoint works by Everett that descibe some of the most beautiful aspects of Hardy’s Wessex. While on the wall there are views of Corfe Castle, Swanage and Lulworth Cove, there are a range of works that are not exhibited, including a series of French Chateaux.


All works are for sale. For more information please contact box office on 0117 9735129 or call in a speak to a member of our team.


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