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Valuation Days...

Please note there will be NO Valuation Morning in Taunton on Good Friday, 14th April and also NO Valuation Morning in Crewkerne on Monday 17th April 2017.

Easter Opening Hours

Please note our offices will be closed on Good Friday, 14th April and also on Easter Monday, 17th April 2017.


Lawrences in Crewkerne are delighted to be co-sponsors of a major new exhibition of works by the Camden Town Group which opened at the Museum of Somerset in Taunton on Saturday 25 March. ‘A Fragile Beauty: Art on the Blackdown Hills 1909 to 1925’ captures the beauty of this Somerset and Devon borderland in a period when the First World War was changing English society forever.

The Camden Town Group, led by Walter Sickert, was inspired by daily life in the capital but were then drawn to the countryside, especially the Blackdown Hills. Inspired by the example of the impressionists and post-impressionists, artists such as Spencer Gore, Charles Ginner and Robert Bevan created Somerset and Devon landscape paintings of great freshness and immediacy.  

‘A Fragile Beauty’ is the first major exhibition at the Museum of Somerset to rely entirely on loans from other museums and from private collectors and includes works from the Ulster Museum and from Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition also includes works from private collections that have rarely been seen in public.

“ Lawrences are thrilled to be a part of this exhibition,” enthuses Helen Carless, Lawrences’ Managing Director. “We held a highly successful auction here last spring which comprised pictures donated by various generous supporters of the museum. The sale included works by artists as varied as Albert Goodwin, Walter Greaves, Fred Hall and Henri Gaudier Brzeska. They yielded over £18000 for the Museum and helped to get the exhibition fully underway. It is marvellous to see that the show is being so much admired by those who are attending.” 

‘A Fragile Beauty’ has been created in partnership with the Somerset-based curators and art historians Denys Wilcox and Richard Emeny. The exhibition runs until July 8th and is free of charge. Richard Kay, picture specialist at Lawrences will be giving an hour long illustrated talk on the life of Walter Sickert, entitled `Celebrated but Seedy`, at the Museum on April 27th at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 per person with cheese and wine. Booking is required: contact the Museum on 01823 255088.

Photo: ‘A Fragile Beauty’ has been supported by the fine art auctioneers, Lawrences of Crewkerne. Richard Kay, Lawrences’ Director of Pictures, is pictured with Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust and Chair of the Trustees David Gwyther at the Museum in front of a work by Spencer Gore.