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Chelsea Arts Club

Categories: Art, Sculpture

Started in 1890 when a group of friends began meeting informally. At least one of these friends, Whistler, was dissatisfied with the club of which he was already a member, the Arts Club. They were concerned about exhibition facilities and a committee was formed in November. Their website says "James Elder Christie, offered the use of the ground floor and basement of his house at 181 Kings Road – a flat fronted Georgian House with a studio at the back, next door to the newly built {1886} Town Hall. The formal launch of the Club took place here on the 18th of March 1891 ... {Wikipedia says 21st}." Our picture of 181 comes from that website. It must be post-1906 since the town hall which can be seen at the left is the one there today.

In 1901 the club moved to 143-5 Old Church Street. The annual Chelsea Arts Balls, held in the Albert Hall from 1910, were extravagant bohemian events which, in 1958 were banished from the Albert Hall due to the nudity, rowdiness, etc.

The Library Time Machine has a charming post " The first costume balls associated with the Chelsea Arts Club were held in the artists’ studios in Manresa Road, the first in 1887..."

This section lists the memorials created by the subject on this page:
Chelsea Arts Club

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Derwent Wood sculpture

Difficult to photograph this young lady without making it look as if she's sh...

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William Daniell

William Daniell

Artist and engraver of Indian scenes. Orphaned early, he was adopted by his uncle, Thomas Daniell, a landscape painter, and taken as his assistant to Indian, returning to London in 1794. Died at ho...

Person, Art, India

1 memorial
Charles McCall

Charles McCall

Artist, born in Edinburgh. In 1933 he won a scholarship to the Edinburgh College of Art. In 1938 he was made a fellow of the college at the relatively young age of 31. He studied in Paris at the Ac...

Person, Art, France, Scotland

1 memorial
Anna Mill
1 memorial
Chisenhale Gallery

Chisenhale Gallery

A non-profit contemporary art gallery. It focuses on a programme of commissioned exhibitions, offsite projects and events, film screenings and talks. Our photograph shows a performance at the gallery.

Place, Art, Dance

1 memorial
Walter Sickert

Walter Sickert

Considered the most influential English painter since Turner. Born Munich, eldest son of a Danish artist and French-educated English mother. His family moved to England when he was 8. Trained as an...

Person, Art, Jack the Ripper suspects

3 memorials