The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Collection

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Collection

Works from the Artist’s Private Collection

This October we are proud to present The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Collection, an auction of works from the Scottish artist’s private collection of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery by other members of the St Ives School including Dame Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Sir Terry Frost. The Collection will be offered on 28th October at the Mall Galleries in London on behalf of the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust (WBGT).

WILHELMINA BARNS-GRAHAM IN 1955 - Image Adrian Flowers-Adrian Flowers Archive, courtesy of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust
WILHELMINA BARNS-GRAHAM IN 1955
Image: Adrian Flowers-Adrian Flowers Archive, courtesy of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust

 

Scottish and St Ives-based artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, CBE (1912-2004) was a pivotal figure in the famous St Ives School and her collection allows us to chart the friendships and the often symbiotic professional relationships that abounded across disciplines during this important moment in British art history. Artists and makers in the collection include: Terry Frost; Barbara Hepworth; Patrick Heron; Roger & Rose Hilton; Bernard & Janet Leach; Denis Mitchell; Ben & Kate Nicholson; Breon O’Casey; Alfred Wallis and Bryan Wynter.

 

WILHELMINA BARNS-GRAHAM CBE (SCOTTISH 1912-2004)  - Red and Violet, 1961  - Image © Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust

WILHELMINA BARNS-GRAHAM C.B.E. (BRITISH 1912-2004) | RED AND VIOLET, 1961
inscribed, titled and dated to stretcher (to reverse), oil on canvas | 91cm x 70.5cm
£10,000 - £15,000 + fees

 

Charlotte Riordan, Lyon & Turnbull's Head of Contemporary & Post-War Art, commented:

“The St Ives School was a diverse, important and exciting moment. Barns-Graham’s collection is a special insight into who, what, where, and why this was the case. It also contextualises Barns-Graham herself as a significant figure in this history.”

 

DAME BARBARA HEPWORTH D.B.E. (BRITISH 1903-1975) | FIGURE AND MIRROR, 1948
DAME BARBARA HEPWORTH D.B.E. (BRITISH 1903-1975) |
FIGURE AND MIRROR, 1948
signed and dated in pencil (upper left), inscribed and titled (to reverse), pencil and gesso on board
45cm x 34.5cm (17.75in x 13.6in) | £100,000 - £150,000 + fees
In Barns-Graham's notes about her collection she states she owns one drawing by Barbara Hepworth given to her as a wedding present.
 

In 1987 Barns-Graham established a charitable Trust that aims, through exhibitions, publications, online resources and an active gifting programme to public museums and galleries, to promote and broaden the understanding and reputation of her work to as wide an audience as possible as well supporting new generations of artists in their work and education. 

Since 2006, the WBGT has donated over £1,000,000 through grants to support artists, awards, travel bursaries, PHD students, educational projects, exhibition sponsorship and through gifting artworks by Barns-Graham to museums and galleries across the UK. Supporting artists’ development, summer schools in Fife and St Ives and a significant contribution to Tate St Ives’ re-opening education programme have been aimed at the younger generation, while bursaries in higher education support travel abroad and provide financial assistance to enable students to complete their studies successfully. Working closely with the Royal Scottish Academy and Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, WBGT supports residencies for more established artists, encouraging career development and new ways of thinking and working.

 

A Meeting of the Crypt Group in 1947 - Image Central Office of Information, courtesy of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust
A Meeting of the Crypt Group in 1947
Image: Central Office of Information, courtesy of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust 
“Funds raised from this sale will allow the Trust to extend this ambitious financial support for artists and art education, which was so central to Barns-Graham’s wishes for the Trust and who need support now more than ever as we emerge from the devastating impact of Covid-19. It will also enable us to increase the accessibility to both the art and archive collections through conservation, publications, exhibitions and web-based resources.”
- Rob Airey, Director of the WBGT

Highlights from the collection and the Trust’s archive will be on view in our Glasgow gallery at Bath Street from 27 September to 01 October before heading to London for the full exhibition at The Mall Galleries on 27-28 October.

 


 

Auction Information

 

THE WILHELMINA BARNS-GRAHAM COLLECTION

Thursday 28 October 2021

London | Live Online



VIEWING INFORMATION:
 

The Mall Galleries, London | 27 & 28 October 2021



FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

 

Philip Smith | London

0207 930 9115 | philip.smith@lyonandturnbull.com

 

Charlotte Riordan | Edinburgh

0131 557 8844 | charlotte.riordan@lyonandturnbull.com

 


 

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Collection will be shown alongside our Autumn edition of our bi-annual MODERN MADE auction at The Mall Galleries in London. MODERN MADE will take place on Friday 29 October featuring a carefully curated selection of Modern British Art & Studio Ceramics.

 

 

 

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