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25 January 2016

Tennis, c.1932 (tempera on panel)

It is always fun going to Bristol (a city where there are Persephone readers in their hundreds, almost thousands) and last weekend we explored the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, a wonderfully unwrecked building which bore a great, and good, resemblance to another favourite, the Kelvingrove in Glasgow. Until April there is a small exhibition called Figure and Form which shows ‘a range of artists working in Britain in the early twentieth century who explore the human body in the diverse styles of that era’: an  excuse to show Ravilious’s Tennis Players (owned by Bristol Art Gallery) which is unusual as Ravilious rarely drew figures. These three paintings were originally door panels for the music room in Sir Geoffrey Fry’s Portman Court flat

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