20th Century sculpture female nude carved wood
20th Century sculpture female nude carved wood
20th Century sculpture female nude carved wood
20th Century sculpture female nude carved wood
20th Century sculpture female nude carved wood

MODERN BRITISH (20th Century )

20th Century sculpture female nude carved wood

1929 Greater London

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Signed and dated N.J. Forrest 1929. Carved wood (sycamore?), on a green serpentine marble base
As can be seen in the various images, there are no significant issues. The surface of the painting is in good order, preserved having been protected by the glass. Minor wear and tear consistent with age.
Gifted by the artist to Maurice Bradshaw CBE, thence by descent. For many years Maurice Bradshaw had a highly influential role in the promotion of British art, a fact which was recognised in 1977 with the award of a C.B.E. It was in 1926 that Maurice Bradshaw first joined in a partnership to form the Art Exhibitions Bureau whose function was to help painters and present their work to the public. The Bureau originated the idea of circulating exhibitions of the works of contemporary artists. He was jointly responsible for the organisation of the British Artists Exhibitions between 1917 and 1935, founded by Sir Joseph Duveen to assist lesser known British artists. In co-operation with the Foreign Office he helped to arrange exhibitions all over the world as well as in Great Britain. As secretary of the Empire Art Loan Exhibitions Society he worked to remove restrictions upon the overseas exhibition of works of art from national collections. Many exhibitions were sent to countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

He acted as secretary of the 1938 exhibition for the Modern Architectural Research Group, which was instrumental to the introduction of modern art to the country. In 1939 he planned the organisation and inauguration of the Society of Marine Artists and in 1963 produced a scheme for the formation of the Society of Wildlife Artists. Until his retirement he was also secretary of the following London art societies, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Society of British Artists, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The Royal British Colonial Society of Artists, The Artists of Chelsea, The National Society, The New English Art Club, The Pastel Society, The Society of Aviation Artists, The Society of Graphic Artists, The Society of Mural Painters, The Society of Women Artists and The Senefelder Group.

In 1939 Maurice Bradshaw took part in discussions to federate the various art societies, a scheme which was revived in 1959 leading to the formation of the Federation of British Artists. The Federation had offices at 17 Carlton House Terrace and exhibitions were held at the new Mall Galleries. He was appointed Secretary General of the Federation, responsible for the organisation and administration of the Mall Galleries and the societies connected with the Federation. In 1980 he retired and was appointed Governor and Director of the Federation.
Height 15.00 inch (38.10 cm)
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Carved wood.
N.J. Forrest 1929
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