The Fine Art Society is delighted to present, The Fine Art Society: A Celebration, a major group exhibition reflecting the gallery’s tastes and exhibiting history, past and present. Featuring a range of significant artists, the exhibition will take over all five floors of the Bond Street townhouse.
The exhibition is at the center of our carefully curated programme of exhibitions throughout 2016, celebrating the 140th anniversary of the gallery and the dedicated and innovative people who have populated its rooms, as well as reflecting the gallery’s prominence and connoisseurship in the history of the British art market.
The stars of the exhibition are two monumental sculptures: Peter Pan by George Frampton, and Eros by Alfred Gilbert. Both works are iconic in their own right. Peter Pan sits in our famous Bond Street facade. It is the last in an edition of sculptures make from the original, which famously sits in Kensington Gardens where it was placed secretly on the night of 30 April, and announced in The Times on May Day 1912.
Eros, or Anteros, stands elegantly on the gallery floor. The original cast of this sculpture adorns the top of Alfred Gilbert’s memorial for the great Victorian philanthropist Anthony Ashley-Cooper, Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury, and was the first public sculpture to be cast in aluminium.
Amongst the many other works are highlights from The Fine Art Society's past, including works by: Geoffrey Clarke, J. D . Fergusson, Stanhope Forbes, Hokusai, Paul Maitland, Samuel Palmer, Eric Ravilious, Walter Sickert, Graham Sutherland, H. H. La Thangue and James McNeill Whistler.