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Robert Polhill Bevan, 1865–1925

The Horse Mart

Former Title(s):

The Horse Mart ( Barbican No. 1 )

1917 to 1918
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
20 x 28 inches (50.8 x 71.1 cm)

Signed, lower right: "Bevan"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal | auction house | bidder | bowler hats | buyer | dealer | headgear | horse (animal) | market (building) | men | selling | stables | vendor | workers
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Robert Polhill Bevan trained in Paris, where he met Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne, and then in Brittany, in a colony formed by Paul Gauguin. A cosmopolitan artist, Bevan moved to London but made long visits to Poland after marrying the Polish-born painter Stanislawa Karlowska in 1897. In France he had absorbed a postimpressionist style, and, back in London, he became a founding member of the Camden Town Group in 1911. His London studio looked out onto Cumberland Market, a straw market for urban horses. Bevan, a horse lover, sensed correctly that both the market and the horses would soon disappear with the advent of motor vehicles. This painting shows cart horses at the Cumberland Market represented through patches of broken color, a vision of the last days of traditional London captured in the most avant-garde style.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-02-17 - 2001-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

The Camden Group (Yale Center for British Art, 1980-04-16 - 1980-06-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Wendy Baron, The Camden Town Group, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, pp. 8 , 9, no. 12, fig. 12, ND468.5 C35 B371 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Frances Stenlake, Robert Bevan, from Gaugin to Camden Town , Unicorn Press, London, 2008, pp. 125-26, 157, NJ18 B469 S74 2008 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 119, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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