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Artist Robert Polhill-Bevan

Robert Polhill Bevan 1865-1925, his paintings of the Blackdown Hills and Luppitt.

Robert Bevan was Born on the 5th August 1865 in Cuckfield West Sussex, he went to School in Hove, and left in 1883 to attend Westminster Art School. Robert Bevan Met Paul Gaugin in Pont Aven, Brittany in 1894. He Joined the Fitzroy group of artists later known as The Camden Town Group in 1911. He Painted with Charles Ginner and Spencer Gore on trips to the Blackdown Hills in Somerset / Devon.From about 1910 onwards Harold B Harrison a retired rancher from Argentina,  who had enrolled himself in old age at the Slade School of Art in London invited artists that he admired to stay at his farmhouse called Applehayes in the village of Clayhidon in the Blackdown Hills of Somerset, he had studios erected for these visitors among them was the Camden Town group including Charles Ginner, Frederick Spencer Gore and Robert Polhill Bevan.Bevan painted many landscapes around the farm, particularly the Rosemary canvases of 1915-16. He spent the summers of 1912,1913 and 1915 at Applehayes. Inspired by the post impressionist exhibition of 1912 he reduced the Blackdown Hills to geometric shapes. In 1916 Bevan took a cottage of his own in the Bolham Valley near Clayhidon and in early 1920 he moved to Marlpitts Cottage In Luppitt . the gallery of images show many of his paintings of the Blackdown hills and Luppitt Painted between 1912 – 1925.

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