The Mythic Method: Classicism in British Art 1920–1950

22 Oct 2016 – 19 Feb 2017

Regular hours

10:00 – 16:00
11:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00

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Pallant House Gallery

Chichester, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Chichester Railway Station is a few minutes walk from Pallant House Gallery. There are many direct links from London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant.

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A major exhibition exploring how Modern British artists drew on classical myth and ideals in a ‘return to order’ following the First World War.


Featuring playful and Surreal versions of Greek myths from the 1920s and 30s by the likes of John Armstrong, William Roberts and Edward Burra; idealised depictions of stylish contemporary goddesses by Meredith Frampton, Dod Procter and Wyndham Lewis; studies for ambitious mural schemes by Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Eric Ravilious; and classically inspired sculptures by Frank Dobson, Henry Moore and Glyn Philpot, the exhibition gives a fascinating new insight into how modern art met with tradition in an era of social and political change in the early 20th century.

Curated by Simon Martin, Artistic Director of Pallant House Gallery

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Simon Martin

Exhibiting artists

Ernest Procter

Wyndham Lewis

Duncan Grant

Henry Moore

Henry Moore

Vanessa Bell

William Roberts

John Armstrong

Eric Ravilious

Edward Burra

Glyn Philpot


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