The Mummers (1952)
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The Mummers

1952

There are two versions of "The Mummers", this 1952 version in Brighton and the 1951 version in Nottingham.

REP / PC

A childhood memory from RE's early life in Bradford. The Eurich family lived next door to Eileen Beldon, an actress of some note and daughter of Mrs Beldon the suffragette. The whole family depicted here was keen on amateur theatricals and dressing up on any occasion. The small boy (upper left) is RE himself. 'It was amusing to think that in this sedate part of Bradford, in a private road of great respectability a house existed in which surrealism or the Marx brothers reigned supreme . . . '

Provenance

EXHIBITED | 3rd May to 24th Aug 1952

"Summer Exhibition 1952" - Royal Academy of Arts, London

Cat 90

NOTE | 1955

presented to Brockenhurst County High School (now Brockenhurst College)

EXHIBITED | 26th Apr to 20th May 1977

"Richard Eurich RA" - The Fine Art Society, London    (toured to Fine Art Society, Edinburgh)

Cat 3, illustrated

ACQUIRED | 1978

purchased by Brighton Museum and Art Gallery; accession no. FAH1978.9

EXHIBITED | 25th Nov 1979 to 20th Jan 1980

"Richard Eurich, RA - A Retrospective Exhibition" - Bradford City Art Gallery / Cartwright Hall, Bradford    (toured Glasgow, London, Southampton)

Cat 49, cover illustration

IN COLLECTION | 2018

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

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Provenance:

  • ACQUIRED - 1978 - purchased by Brighton Museum and Art Gallery; accession no. FAH1978.9
  • IN COLLECTION - 2018 - Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Exhibitions:

  • 3rd May to 24th Aug 1952 - "Summer Exhibition 1952", Royal Academy of Arts, London
    Cat 90
  • 26th Apr to 20th May 1977 - "Richard Eurich RA", The Fine Art Society, London    (toured to Fine Art Society, Edinburgh)
    Cat 3, illustrated
  • 25th Nov 1979 to 20th Jan 1980 - "Richard Eurich, RA - A Retrospective Exhibition", Bradford City Art Gallery / Cartwright Hall, Bradford    (toured Glasgow, London, Southampton)
    Cat 49, cover illustration

Notes:

  • 1955 - NOTE
    presented to Brockenhurst County High School (now Brockenhurst College)

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References:

  • The Art of Richard Eurich (Andrew Lambirth, pub. 2020: Lund Humphries, 170 colour illustrations, ISBN 9781848221727) [fig 65, pg 87]
  • Art UK [artuk.org]
  • Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts Its Students and Teachers 1943-1960 (Geoff Hassell, Antique Collectors' Club,1995, ISBN 1 85149 180 5) [p 74]
  • “Richard Eurich (1903-1992) Visionary Artist” (Edward Chaney and Christine Clearkin (contributions by James Hyman, David McCann and Peyton Skipwith), pub. 2003: Paul Holberton Publishing, ISBN 1903470110) [Cat 33 and catalogue frontispiece (detail) on page 43 but not exhibited.]
  • Illustrated London News [Christmas edition 1953, colour]