THE Staithes Group, the band of artists who made the North Yorkshire fishing village their home before some moved to the South West and Newlyn, are the subject of an impressive exhibition put together by Cumbrian dealer Peter Haworth (Tel: 015395 62352).
The 73 oils (£2000-40,000), watercolours and drawings (£400-18,000) are on view at the Fine Art Society (148 New Bond Street, W1S 2JT. Tel: 020 7629 5116) until March 22, prior to a showing at Whitby Museum (Pannett Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire Y021 1RE. Tel: 01947 602051) from March 31-April 21 and from April 26-May 18 at Bourne Fine Art (6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ. Tel: 0131 557 4050).
There is much to be recommended, such as Harold Knight’s watercolour Low Tide, Staithes (£18,000), shown right, a charming c.1900 watercolour Off to Sleep (£16,000) by his wife Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) a colourful, ‘loose’ watercolour (£1850) by Hannah Mayor (1871-1947), and Frederic Stuart Richardson’s (1855-1934) large Royal Academy exhibit of 1899, In for the Morning Market (£18,000).
Coincidentally, the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society has just published The Yorkshire Union of Artists 1888-1922
by Dennis Child (ISBN: 1 870737 16 4), a 117-page paperback which features some of the artists associated with the Staithes Group.