This exhibition is based on the diaries of the distinguished artist and influential teacher Randolph Schwabe from 1930-48 when he was Professor and Principal of the Slade School of Art following the retirement of Henry Tonks.
It showcases works of art from both national and private collections by Schwabe (1885-1948) including his work as an official war artist during the Second World War, alongside those by noted artists of the period referred to in his diaries and letters, including Mark Gertler, Eric Ravilious, William Roberts and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Attention is also drawn to the leading writers, intellectuals and patrons that Schwabe knew and feature in his diaries such as Edmund Blunden, Somerset Maugham, Father Martin D’Arcy and Edward Marsh.
A key feature of the exhibition will be works from the University’s Bishop Otter Collection; of particular significance are paintings by Paul Feiler, Ben Enwonwu (both of whom were taught by Schwabe), Stanley Spencer and Ivon Hitchens and ceramics by Bernard Leach. These works displayed together for the first time offer unique insights into the artistic and literary circles of British society in the 1920s through to the 40s.