Carrington drawing scooped for Bedford

  • 27 July 2010

Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum has acquired an important topographical drawing by celebrated artist Dora Carrington (1893 - 1932), who attended Bedford High School as a child. Bedford Market (1911) was acquired at auction for £17,290, of which Art Fund members gave £5,763.

Drawn in the linear style that Carrington developed at the Slade, the detailed, atmospheric drawing depicts the town’s busy market at the turn of the century. Today, the market is still held in the same location.

Tom Perrett, Head of Collections and Exhibitions said of the acquisition: "Bedford Market is a wonderful example of Dora Carrington’s work. We were especially delighted to be able to acquire it to add to the Art Gallery & Museum’s small but important collection of work by Carrington, as it is the only known example that takes Bedford, then the family’s home town, as its subject."

There is an opportunity to learn more about the work on 4 August at Bedford Gallery, 1 – 1.30pm when Victoria Partridge, Keeper of Fine and Decorative Arts, will be giving a free lunchtime talk about Dora Carrington and her contemporaries from the Slade School of Art – Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer.

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