Bristol Savages at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques Fair

Posted on 19th February, 2020


Westonbirt School, Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 6QG

4th – 6th September 2020

A display of paintings by the famous ‘Bristol Savages’ will be a major attraction at The Cotswolds Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair at Westonbirt School, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire from 4th – 6th September 2020.

‘We are delighted to be back,’ explains organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events from Somerset. ‘We are part of the vast exhibitions industry and our fairs came to a standstill when the coronavirus pandemic came. Now we have all the necessary health guidelines in place to return to Westonbirt School where it will be business as usual in September. I know our exhibitors will have been adding to their stock over the summer so it promises to be a very good fair for collectors.’

Among those exhibitors who are looking forward to the fair will be Bristol dealer Brian Ashbee who will be showing a number of works by artists from the Bristol Savages group including Frank Shipsides, Brian Lancaster, Alfred Wilde Parsons and John Frederick Palmer.

The Bristol Savages is a working society started in 1894 by a group of artists, poets and musicians who began meeting informally to enjoy and promote the arts in Bristol. Their name and logo references the genocide of Native Americans. Bristol artist Ernest Ehlers invited his fellow Bristol based artists to spend a friendly evening in his studio to work and talk.

Meetings were held in private studios until numbers grew and they took rented premises. Since 1904 the group has held weekly meetings between October and May each year. In 1905 the first exhibition of paintings was held at the premises of George Nichols & Co., an auctioneer in Broad Street, Bristol. During the next 14 years exhibitions took place annually at Brandon Cottage that belonged to fellow member James Fuller Eberle. When the Red Lodge, Park Row came on the market in 1919, it was acquired as a headquarters for the Tribe, as the collective membership is known. Annual exhibitions have continued ever since, apart from a break during World War II. Past members include etcher Stanley Anderson, the painter William Titcomb and sculptor Frank Dobson.

Brian Ashbee explains: ‘ Work by the Bristol Savages is much admired and widely collected. I am delighted to be able to show a group of paintings from several of their members from the past 100 years.’

Featuring art and antiques specialists from across the UK, the popular spring fair at Westonbirt School is the place to buy everything from the most traditional antique pieces to the latest in decorative chic style.

Says organiser Sue Ede: ‘This is where people come to decorate and furnish their homes in their own personal style. The fair offers a special mix of decorative antique and 20th century pieces with fine art, collector’s pieces and personal items such as jewellery, silver, watches and vintage fashion.’  ……..

For the full press release see THE COTSWOLDS DECORATIVE, ANTIQUES & ART FAIR 4th – 6th September 2020 Press Release


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