Lucy Wertheim

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Lucy Carrington Wertheim (1883–1971) was a British Gallery owner who founded the Twenties Group of "English artists in their twenties"[1] in 1930 and was Christopher Wood's main patron before his death.

She ran galleries in London, Brighton and Derbyshire and was known for encouraging many young artists and sculptors. In the 1920s she bought many works by Henry Moore and encouraged Cedric Morris.[2]

In 1930 she opened her first gallery at 3-5 Burlington Gardens, Mayfair. It has been suggested that it was the artist Frances Hodgkins who finally persuaded or perhaps goaded Mrs Wertheim to move from enthusiastic supporter of 'Modern art' to a fully fledged Gallery owner.[3] Wertheim recalls the incident in her 1947 book 'Adventure in Art' - "Frances exclaimed to my husband, 'Your wife should open a gallery for us poor artists: her enthusiasm would make it a success!'...Those words however spoken more than half in jest, sowed a seed in my mind that was to bear fruit later."[4]

Whatever finally got her to open the gallery, there were many artists who were no doubt glad she did. Those either exhibited there or supported by Mrs Wertheim included Walter Sickert, Rodney Gladwell, Humphrey Slater, Helmut Kolle, Vivin Hume, Phelan Gibb, John Bigge and John Banting, Henry Stockley, Nando Manetti, Rowland Suddaby, Leslie Hurry, Isla Rodmell, Kenneth Hall, Basil Rakoczi, John Melville, Feliks Topolski, David Burton, Cedric Morris, Alfred Wallis, Frances Hodgkins, Elizabeth Rivers, Mostyn Lewis, Jose Christopherson, David Gommon and of course Christopher Wood amongst many others.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wertheim, Lucy [1947]. Adventure in Art, Nicholson and Watson, London
  2. ^ "Lucy Wertheim Dies Aged 88". The Telegraph (London). 15 December 1971. 
  3. ^ "Mrs Lucy Wertheim Ecouraging Young Artists". The Times (London). 15 December 1971. 
  4. ^ Wertheim, Lucy [1947]. Adventure in Art, Nicholson and Watson, London
  5. ^ Wertheim, Lucy [1947]. Adventure in Art, Nicholson and Watson, London