Thérèse Lessore (5 July 1884 – 10 December 1945) was an English artist who worked in oil and watercolour. She was a founder member of the London Group, and the third wife of Walter Sickert.
Lessore was born in Southwick, West Sussex. Her parents were the French painter Jules Frederick Lessore (1849–1892), who had lived in England since 1871, and his wife Ada Louise Cooper. Her grandfather was Émile Lessore (1805–1876), a French ceramic artist and painter who had designed and decorated Wedgwood pottery from the 1860s onward.Her brother Frederick Lessore was a sculptor who founded and ran the Beaux Arts Gallery in London, and her elder sister Ada Louise Powell was a Wedgwood pottery designer.
Thérèse Lessore attended the Slade School of Fine Art from 1904 to 1909. In her final year she was awarded the Melvill Nettleship Prize for Figure Composition.
She exhibited with the Allied Artists Association in 1912, and was associated with the Camden Town Group which gathered around Walter Sickert from 1911 to 1913. 's review of a watercolour exhibition by Lessore noted her "serene" portrayal of subjects ranging from "children playing in London parks" to "people at the circus or theatre, Sussex fishermen, and a few pure landscapes", concluding that she possessed a "rare talent happily employed". Lessore also designed and painted pottery for Wedgwood. Her work for the company showed the influence of the Bloomsbury Group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant in its "loosely handled paint and formal abstraction".In 1913 she was a founder member of the London Group, which combined the members of the Camden Town Group and the Vorticists. She had her first solo exhibition of painting at the Eldar Gallery in London in 1918. Sickert contributed the exhibition catalogue's preface, in which he praised her "sense of design, her spare style, and her technical skill in extracting value from the interplay of coloured underpaintings and final coats of local colour". She had her first solo watercolour show in 1926. In 1931, The Times
Lessore married the painter Bernard Adeney in 1909; they were divorced in 1921. Lessore married Walter Sickert on 4 June 1926, becoming his third wife.Sickert died in 1942. Lessore died in London on 10 December 1945.
Walter Richard Sickert was a British painter and printmaker who was a member of the Camden Town Group of Post-Impressionist artists in early 20th-century London. He was an important influence on distinctively British styles of avant-garde art in the mid- and late 20th century.
The Camden Town Group was a group of English Post-Impressionist artists active 1911–1913. They gathered frequently at the studio of painter Walter Sickert in the Camden Town area of London.
The London Group is a society based in London, England, created to offer additional exhibiting opportunities to artists besides the Royal Academy of Arts. Formed in 1913, it is one of the oldest artist-led organisations in the world. It was formed from the merger of the Camden Town Group, an all-male group, and the Fitzroy Street Group. It holds open submission exhibitions for members and guest artists.
Laura Sylvia Gosse was an English painter and printmaker. She also ran an art school with the painter Walter Sickert.
Charles Isaac Ginner was a British painter of landscape and urban subjects. Born in the south of France at Cannes, of British parents, in 1910 he settled in London, where he was an associate of Spencer Gore and Harold Gilman and a key member of the Camden Town Group.
James Bolivar Manson was an artist and worked at the Tate gallery for 25 years, being its Director 1930–1938. In the Tate's own evaluation he was the "least successful" of their Directors. His time there was frustrated by his stymied ambition as a painter and he declined into alcoholism, culminating in a drunken outburst at an official dinner in Paris. Although his art policies were more advanced than previously at the Tate and embraced Impressionism, he stopped short of accepting newer artistic movements like Surrealism and German Expressionism, thus earning the scorn of critics such as Douglas Cooper. He retired on the grounds of ill health and resumed his career as a flower painter until his death.
Harold John Wilde Gilman was a British painter of interiors, portraits and landscapes, and a founder-member of the Camden Town Group.
Malcolm Cyril Drummond was an English painter and printmaker, noted for his paintings of urban scenes and interiors. Influenced by the Post-Impressionists and Walter Sickert, he was a member of the Camden Town Group and the London Group.
Robert Polhill Bevan was a British painter, draughtsman and lithographer. He was a founding member of the Camden Town Group, the London Group, and the Cumberland Market Group.
The Stafford Gallery was an early 20th-century art gallery in London. Artists whose works were exhibited there include both internationally known painters such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Gustave Courbet and significant English figures such as Walter Sickert and Sir William Nicholson.
Elizabeth Adela Forbes was a Canadian painter who was primarily active in the UK. She often featured children in her paintings and School Is Out is one of her most popular works. She was friends with the artists James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Walter Sickert, both of whom influenced her work. Her etchings in particular are said to show the influence of Whistler.
Bernard Adeney was an English painter and textile designer. He was a founding member of the London Group, an artists' exhibiting society, and was its president from 1921-1923. Between 1930 and 1947, he was head of the textile school at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, where he had taught since 1903. One of his most notable works is the painting Toy Sailing Boats (1911), which formed part of a seven-piece collection of panels painted for Borough Polytechnic under the direction of Roger Fry. Other works include Edge of a Wood, Barley Fields, West Wittering, Pond and Trees, Farm Buildings and The Parade, Cowes.
Lillian Gertrude Browse was a London-based art dealer and art historian, and was a partner in two London galleries, first Roland, Browse and Delbanco and then Browse & Darby. During the Second World War she organised exhibitions at the National Gallery, whose collections had been removed to the country for safety. She wrote a number of monographs on 20th-century artists, including important works on Walter Sickert and Sir William Nicholson. She was nicknamed "The Duchess of Cork Street", and used that name as the title of her autobiography.
Marjorie Sherlock (1897-1973) was a British painter and etcher. Three books of her etchings were published between 1925 and 1932. Her painting Liverpool Street Station, now in the Government Art Collection, was first shown at the Royal Academy in 1917 and in 1987 was at 10 Downing Street when Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Walter John Bayes was an English painter and illustrator who was a founder member of both the Camden Town Group and the London Group and also a renowned art teacher and critic.
Helen Lessore OBE was a gallerist and the director of the Beaux Arts Gallery in London as well as an English modernist painter and visual artist.
Ada Louise Powell, maiden name Ada Louise Lessore, was granddaughter to the esteemed Émile Lessore a free hand designer for Wedgwood and sister to the artist Thérèse Lessore. Her father, Jules Lessore, also decorated pottery but was primarily a marine painter, he had exhibitions at the Royal Academy and Paris Salon. Powell studied calligraphy at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. "She became highly skilled and well known, illuminating some of William Morris’ incomplete work, and extending her interests to decorative designs and the painting of furniture for Ernest Grimson". Ada's artistic interests were therefore very much encouraged by her family and she had many roots to the pottery company Wedgwood. Moreover, her sister, Thérèse Lessore, was a painter and founder member of the London Group and then also designed for Wedgwood in the 1920s and her brother Frederick was a portrait sculptor who opened the Beaux Arts Gallery. She married Alfred Hoare Powell on Thursday, 6 September 1906 who then became her artistic partner within her career also.
Noël Gilford Adeney was an accomplished artist, a member of The London Group known for her landscape and still life paintings.
Mary Godwin (1887-1960) was a British oil painter, water colourist and etcher, who often chose landscapes, interiors, and figures as subjects. She studied at the Women’s Department of King’s College with John Byam Shaw, and at Westminster Technical Institute with Walter Sickert and Harold Gilman. She was influenced by the Camden Town Group, and joined its successor, The London Group (LG) in 1914.
Cicely Hey (1896-1980) was a British artist known as a painter, sculptor and model-maker. Although born in England she spent much of her career in Wales.