Piccadilly Gallery

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The Piccadilly Gallery was an art gallery which operated from a number of addresses in London between 1953 and 2007.

The Pilkington Gallery was founded in 1953 by Eve Pilkington and her late husband Godfrey Pilkington. The following year they were joined by Christabel Briggs.[1] In 2007, following the passing of co-founder Godfrey, the gallery closed their public store front. Over half a century of trade, they cut an individual path, avoiding the prevailing commercialism and the fashion for abstract art. They championed the works of unjustly neglected figurative artists, Art Nouveau and 19th and 20th Century Symbolism.[1]

The gallery operated from a number of West End addresses first from bomb-damaged premises in the Piccadilly Arcade[1] and then on to 16a Cork Street in 1954. In 1978 they moved next door to No.16 Cork street and 1999 the gallery temporarily moved to Dover Street.[2]

They promoted the artists Adrian Berg as well as Max Beerbohm, Gwen John, Eric Gill and William Roberts as well as hosting major exhibitions of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and the German Neue Sachlichkeit.[3]

Listings of the gallery's exhibitions and correspondences are held by the Tate.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Godfrey Pilkington Obituary", The Telegraph, 14 July 2007, retrieved 6 January 2014 
  2. ^ The Piccadilly Gallery, retrieved 6 January 2014 
  3. ^ Fenwick, Simon (20 August 2007), "Godfrey Pilkington - Gentlemanly art dealer and director of the Piccadilly Gallery", The Guardian, retrieved 6 January 2014 
  4. ^ Tate Archive Uncatalogued Collections Item: TGA 200722 Piccadilly Gallery, London (PDF), p. 57, retrieved 6 January 2014 

Foot, Tom (24 August 2007), "Godfrey Pilkington - Gentlemanly art dealer and director of the Piccadilly Gallery", The West End Extra, retrieved 6 January 2014