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Permanent Collection

The Colchester Art Society was founded seventy years ago, in 1946, by John Nash, Cedric Morris, Henry Collins, Roderic Barrett and Arthur Lett-Haines. In the same year the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts became the Arts Council, a new enterprise partly dedicated to promoting art and culture in the British provinces at a time of post-war austerity. The Colchester Art Society shared this aim, and was one of the first post-war provincial art societies to foster interest in the fine arts outside the British capital by organising exhibitions, the first being held at Colchester Castle in the foundation year.

In the succeeding years the Society has held many outstanding exhibitions and built a unique collection which is catalogued here. Acquired by the Society over more than half a century, this collection reflects the varied work of the membership, including some of the best East Anglian artists of the past century.

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Works in Accession Order

[CAS 1] John Nash (1893-1977) February Evening, Glemham, Suffolk, 1958

[CAS 2] Cedric Morris (1889-1982) Cotyledon and Eggs, 1944

[CAS 3] Rowland Suddaby (1912-1972) Road to Church Farm, Stansfield, 1961

[CAS 4] Lucy Harwood (1893-1972) Spring Flowers, c.1962

[CAS 5] Hugh Cronyn (1905-1996), East Mersea, c.1967

[CAS 6] Arthur Lett-Haines (1894-1978) Amusement, 1922

[CAS 7] Arthur Lett-Haines (1894-1978) Ducere Duct, 1955

[CAS 8] Henry Collins (1910-1994) Stripped Tree Trunk, c.1967

[CAS 9] Joyce Pallot (1912-2004) Station Roof, 1967

[CAS 10] Anthony Atkinson (1929-2014) Floods at Boxted, c.1966

[CAS 11] Roderic Barrett (1920-2000) Moon and Cot, 1959

[CAS 12] Aline Gowen (1907-1999) Spear Thistle, c.1968

[CAS 13] Ralph Nuttall-Smith (1898-1988) Bossoms Boatyard, Oxford, 1950

[CAS 14] Peter Coker (1926-2004) Epping, 1964

[CAS 15] Sylvia St George (1881-1950) St Ives, Cornwall

[CAS 16] Denzil Reeves (1926-2008) The Vine, 1969

[CAS 17] Valerie Thornton (1931-1991) Langham, 1971

[CAS 18] Victoria Gordon (b.1938) Red and Blue, c.1958

[CAS 19] Jennifer Andrews (b.1935) Harebell round a White Rose, 1960s

[CAS 20] Hugh Cronyn (1905-1996) Chair and Fruit, 1972

[CAS 21] Dione Page (b.1936) The Broken Barge, 1972

[CAS 22] Wyndham Lloyd (1909-1997) Pattern of Fields, 1972

[CAS 23] Malcolm Carter (c.1920-1983) Marylebone Nocturne, c.1970

[CAS 24] Harold Warner (1914-2010) Rainstorm nr Lexden, 1989

[CAS 25] Ian Hay (b.1940) Journey's End: Three Cars Rusting, 1973

[CAS 26] Peter Coker (1926-2004) Malham, Night, c.1970

[CAS 27] Muriel Tandy, Plant in the Window

[CAS 28] Kenneth Mayhew (1942-2014) Cloth Cap, 1965

[CAS 29] Valerie Thornton (1931-1991) The Prior's Door, 1973

[CAS 30] Bruce Killeen (1926-2014) Viridian and Rust, c.1977

[CAS 31] Mildred Blakiston (1891-1985) Orange Lily, 1974

[CAS 32] Richard Heseltine (1914-2012) Provencal Farm, c.1975

[CAS 33] Andrew Dodds (1927-2004) Peak District, 1976

[CAS 34] Patrick Fisher (1930-1987) High Summer, Dovercourt Promenade, 1969

[CAS 35] Enid Crowther (b.1926) Croagnes, Provence, c.1980

[CAS 36] Robert Clitherow (b.1942) Orchard, 1979

[CAS 37] Tim Holding (b.1940) Ruskin in the Barrow, 1978

[CAS 38] Gerald Fisher (d.1970s) Two Residents, c.1970

[CAS 39] Lucy Harwood (1893-1972) White Cottages with Knab Beyond

[CAS 40] Arthur Lett-Haines (1894-1978) Pure Abstraction, Arabesque No 1, 1965

[CAS 41] Judith Moy (b.1927) Flowers (Helleborus Orientalis), 1982

[CAS 42] Sidney Eshelby, Harvest at Wormingford, c.1982

[CAS 43] Ivor Weiss (1919-1986) Six Rabbis at the Table, 1982

[CAS 44] Blair Hughes-Stanton (1902-1981) Consummation, 1933

[CAS 45] Roderic Barrett (1920-2000) Boots, Jug and Drawing, 1979

[CAS 46] Michael Smee (b.1946) Brown Bar, Amsterdam, 1986

[CAS 47] David Wood (1933-1996) The Encroaching City, c. 1987

[CAS 48] Brian Argent Smith (b.1937) Snowfall, Colchester

[CAS 49] Charles Debenham (b.1933) Nayland, 1980

[CAS 50] Joyce Pallot (1912-2004) Floating Flowers

[CAS 51] Elaine Coppen (b.1945) View through the Window, 1995

[CAS 52] Alan Ellis (b.1934) Blue and Yellow, 1995

[CAS 53] Aline Gowen (1907-1999) Woodland Gate

[CAS 54] Di Humphreys (b.1949) Tracey 1, 1995

[CAS 55] Lucy Harwood (1893-1972) Landscape with Blue Mountain

[CAS 56] Henry Collins (1910-1994) The Pond at Lexden, 1966

[CAS 57] Henry Collins (1910-1994) Garden, Lexden, 1948

[CAS 58] Henry Collins (1910-1994) Colne from West Bergholt

[CAS 59] Joyce Pallot (1912-2004) Building Site by River, 1961

[CAS 60] Joyce Pallot (1912-2004) Essex Seaside, 1981

[CAS 61] John O'Connor (1913-2004) Jenny Bone, c.1968

[CAS 62] Denzil Reeves (1926-2008) Pleasure it Is, 1975

[CAS 63] Charles Bartlett (1921-2014) Suffolk Reeds, 2007

[CAS 64] Henry Collins (1910-1994) Prospect of Colchester, 1978

[CAS 65] Nat Young (b.1940) Light Through Woodland, West Bergholt, 2008

[CAS 66] David Ross (b.1945) Mr Freddy Chapman, c.2007

[CAS 67] Ron Sims (1944-2014) Aerial Antlered Moose, c.2007

[CAS 68] Ian Hay (b.1940) Into Tate Modern: The Weather Project, 2004

[CAS 69] Simon Carter (b.1961) Hipkinā€™s Beach, 2013

[CAS 70] Joyce Pallot (1912-2004) Untitled

[CAS 70A] Michael Smee (b.1946) Untitled

[CAS 71] Peter Coker (1926-2004) Portrait of Marion Benham

[CAS 72] Peter Coker (1926-2004) Pencil study for Epping Forest

[CAS 73] James Dodds, Norfolk Beach Boat, Triptych

[CAS 74] James Dodds, J.J. Prior. Sand Barges, Fingringhoe

[CAS 75] Ron Sims (1944-2014) Untitled

[CAS 76] Ron Sims (1944-2014) French Racing Cyclist, Head

[CAS 77] Ron Sims (1944-2014) Geometrical Life Model Study

[CAS 78] Olwen Jones, Summer Greenhouse

[CAS 79] Elizabeth Morris, Smack in Besom Creek

[CAS 80] Michael Middleton, Neo-Classicism

[CAS 81] Michael Middleton, Neo-Platonism

[CAS 82] Michael Middleton, Neo-Greco

Sculpture

[CAS S1] Richard Perry Bedford (1883-1967) Cyclops

[CAS S2] Bernard Reynolds (1915-1997) Parrot Head, 1971

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Text: Evelyne Bell

Editors: Dr William Kennedy and Dr Sarah Symmons

Photography: Douglas Atfield

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