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Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946)   BIOGRAPHY

Ypres after 1st Bombardment , 1916
Framed (ref: 5959)
signed in pencil
Drypoint , on watermarked cream laid, with margins, 
5 5/6 x 8 5/6in. (15 x 22.5 cm.)


This drypoint was made in the  summer 1916 -a print version of an oil painting exhibited at the London Group in early March 1915. Nevinson probably saw quite a bit of the much shelled Ypres during the second half of November 1914 when he was driving a Mors motor ambulance from the Friends Ambulance Unit's base hospital at Malo-les-Bains (east of Dunkirk) to pick up wounded from a forward dressing station in Ypres and from the small town of Woesten to the north-west of the city. The First Battle of Ypres was coming to an end by late November 1914 but there were still periods of intense shelling in the area - during one of these Nevinson's ambulance was partially destroyed by a near miss while it was parked in the yard of the dressing station at Woesten. In later life Nevinson gave the impression he was actually driving the ambulance when the back part was demolished by a shell-burst. After his ambulance was written off Nevinson was transferred to work as a ward medical orderly at the Malo-les-Bains hospital from early December 1914 to the end of January 1915. The oil of Ypres after the First Bombardment was most likely painted in February 1915 - it's one of his few First World War designs executed in his qualified Futurist manner. The drypoint, first exhibited in Nevinson's first solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries (September-November 1916), so impressed Paul Nash that while he was at the front in Flanders in March 1917 he wrote to his wife Margaret asking her to buy one if possible. After a recent visit to Ypres Nash thought Nevinson's print had really caught its feeling of abandoned desolation and random destruction.

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946)

We are grateful to Dr. Jonathan Black for the following chronology

(May 2014).


C.R.W. Nevinson: Chronology:


13 August 1889: born John Street (now Keats Grove), Hampstead to Henry Woodd Nevinson (1856-1941) and Margaret Nevinson née Jones (1858-1932).


1901: Nevinson family moved to 4 Downside Crescent, Belsize Park, London. This remained Nevinson’s home until 1919.


September 1903-December 1907: educated Uppingham Public School, Rutland.


February 1907: visited exhibition of etchings in London by Muirhead Bone and James Abbott McNeil Whistler.


1908: art student at St. John’s Wood School of Art, Elm Tree Road, London.


1909-1912: art student at the Slade School of Art, University College, Gower Street, London.


May 1909: visited exhibition of etchings in London by Francis Dodd.


May 1911: visited Professor Michael Sadler to see his collection of German Expressionist woodcuts.


1911-1912: received instruction in lithography from Ernest Jackson, London County Council School, Southampton Row, London.


April 1913: first meeting with a Futurist artist – Gino Severini.


October 1913: exhibited Futurist paintings at the ‘Post-Impressionists and Futurists’ exhibition, Doré Galleries, New Bond Street, London.


November 1913: founder member of the London Group.


June 1914: publication in London of the English Futurist Manifesto (with F.T. Marinetti) ‘Vital English Art.’


November 1914-January 1915: service as an ambulance driver and medical orderly with the Friends Ambulance Unit in France and Belgium.


June 1915-January 1916: service as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps at the Third London General Hospital (Territorial), Wandsworth.


June 1915: exhibited as an ‘Independent’ in the Vorticist Exhibition, Doré Galleries, London.


November 1915: married Kathleen Mary Knowlman at Hampstead Town Hall.


Summer 1916: made first prints (drypoints).


26 September-4 November 1916: first solo exhibition held at the Leicester Galleries, Leicester Square, London (included 12 prints – all drypoints).


January 1917: first lithographs exhibited at Senefelder Club, Leicester Galleries, London.


June 1917: contributed six lithographs on theme of ‘Making Aircraft’ to Britain’s Efforts and Ideals lithographic series commissioned by the Department of Information.


July-August 1917: one month in France and Belgium as an official war artist for the Department of Information.


January-February 1918: made first woodcuts.


1 March-5 April 1918: exhibition of his official war art held at the Leicester Galleries, London (included 19 prints: 11 lithographs; 6 drypoints and 2 woodcuts).


Summer 1918: made first mezzotints.


January 1919: renounced adherence to Futurism.


29 April-17 May 1919: exhibition of 46 prints at the Frederick J. Keppel Galleries, 4 East 39th Street, New York (21 lithographs; 20 drypoints; 3 mezzotints and 2 woodcuts).


May 1919: first visit to New York.


June 1919: death of only son Anthony Christopher Wynne Nevinson in London.


June 1919: moved to Flat 1, 295 Euston Road, London.


October 1919: solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, London (included 10 prints: 4 mezzotints; 3 lithographs; 2 drypoints and 1 woodcut).


July-August 1920: solo exhibition at the Manchester City Art Gallery (included 26 prints: 15 lithographs; 8 drypoints and 3 mezzotints).


October-November 1920: Nevinson and wife visited New York.


8 November-4 December 1920: solo exhibition ‘The Old World and The New’ at the Bourgeois Galleries, Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street, New York (included 31prints: 18 lithographs; 11 drypoints and 2 mezzotints).


April 1921: 10 New York prints exhibited at Friday Club, London.


July 1921: 12 New York prints exhibited at the Keppel Galleries, New York.


August 1921: moved to Number One, Steele’s Studios, Haverstock Hill, London.


February 1922: made first etchings and aquatints.


February 1923: solo exhibition of 47 drypoints and etchings at the Leicester Galleries, London.


April 1924: 20 of his prints displayed inside the British Pavilion at the 19th Venice Biennale.


January 1926: exhibited 40  drypoints and etchings with Walter Sickert in exhibition ‘Two British Etchers’ at the Albert Roulier Galleries, South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, USA.


October 1926: solo exhibition of prints at the Kraushaar Galleries, Fifth Avenue, New York.


January 1927: solo exhibition of prints at Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery, Glasgow.


January 1927: elected a member of the Savage Club, London.


25 April-21 May 1927: solo exhibition of 56 prints  at Alex Reid and Lefevre Gallery, Cork Street, London (26 drypoints; 22 etchings; 4 etchings with aquatint and 4 mezzotints).


July-August 1927: solo exhibition of prints at the Ruskin Galleries, Birmingham.


May 1929: elected a member of the New English Art Club, London.


January 1930: elected Vice-Chairman of the National Society.


October 1930: solo exhibition at the Leicester Galleries, London (included 38 prints: 16 etchings; 11 drypoints; 9 lithographs and 2 mezzotints  – this would be his last major public display of prints).


April 1931: joint exhibition with sculptor Barney Seale at J. Leger & Son Gallery, Fifth Avenue, New York.


November 1931: 6 of his prints included in the British Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan.


1932-1933: prolonged period of serious illness; nearly died in summer of 1932.


February 1932: elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists.


May 1932: publication of a volume of Modern Masters of Etching: C.R.W. Nevinson by Malcom Salaman.


June 1932: death of Margaret Nevinson.


October 1934: published Exodus AD: A Warning to Civilians with Princess Princess Troubetzkoy (Muriel Beddam).


November 1937: published autobiography Paint and Prejudice.


May 1938: appointed a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur by the French Government.


April 1939: elected an Associate of the Royal Academy, London (proposed by etchers Francis Dodd and Henry Rushbury).


September 1940: volunteered to work as medical orderly and stretcher bearer at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.


November 1940: suffered a mild stroke while tending wounded at the Royal Free Hospital.


1941-1942: unofficial war artist attached to RAF Bomber Command.


November 1941: death of Henry Nevinson.


October 1942: suffered second more serious stroke, lost use of right hand and lost sight in right eye.


7 October 1946: died at home, no 1 Steele’s Studios, Chalk Farm.


May-June 1947: C.R.W. Nevinson Memorial Exhibition held at the Leicester Galleries, London.


10 September-30 October 1988: C.R.W. Nevinson: A Retrospective Exhibition, Kettle’s Yard Gallery, University of Cambridge.


28 October 1999-30 January 2000: Retrospective Exhibition C.R.W. Nevinson: The Twentieth Century, Imperial War Museum, London.


25 September-25 October 2014: Retrospective Exhibition of his prints C.R.W. Nevinson: A Printmaker in War and Peace, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.


We are grateful to Dr. Jonathan Black for the above chronology

(May 2014). 

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