Life In Great Bardfield

Life In Great Bardfield

Modern & Contemporary Art Viewing Event

We are delighted to be hosting a preview and drinks reception of our upcoming Modern & Contemporary Art auction in partnership with the Fry Art Gallery on Monday 24 April.

13 April 2023

On display at the evening event will be 60 works by artists from the Great Bardfield school that will be offered for sale the following day. The event will include an enthralling talk from Chloë Cheese titled, Life in Great Bardfield. An English illustrator, painter, and print-maker, whose parents were both artists, she grew up in Great Bardfield alongside Edward and Charlotte Bawden. The Fry has many of her works as well as those of her father Bernard Cheese and mother Sheila Robinson.  

The showcase includes a variety of works by East Anglian artists. Edward Bawden, who discovered the village of Great Bardfield with his friend Eric Ravillious while cycling in Essex one summer, is represented by both watercolours and linocuts, with some being of local scenes. 

watercolour, titled A Snowy Day, High Street, Great Bardfield, is signed and dated 1955, part of the Bawden exhibition held at The Minories, Colchester in 1973, it is expected to sell for between £7,000-9,000. The sale also features a selection of original Bawden prints which are estimated from £150-1,500. 

Edward Bawden RA (1903-1989) A snowy day, High Street, Great Bardfield, Essex (£7,000 - £9,000)

Edward Bawden RA (1903-1989) A snowy day, High Street, Great Bardfield, Essex (£7,000 - £9,000)

John Aldridge (1905-83) was part of the second influx of artists to the village. His work is selling for increasingly high sums. An impressive oil titled 'Path to the House' depicting the artist's garden at Place House, Great Bardfield is estimated at £5000-7000. Signed and dated for 1973, it was purchased at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1975. 

John Aldridge RA (1905-1983) 'Path to the House' (£5,000-£7,000)

John Aldridge RA (1905-1983) 'Path to the House' (£5,000-£7,000)


As spaces are limited, they will be granted on a first come first served basis, so ensure you book your appointment as soon as possible via our online booking system. 

To view the full catalogue, click here

For further information about our upcoming 25 April Modern & Contemporary Art Sale, please contact Amy Scanlon | 




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