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Research Seminar by Anna Gruetzner Robins (Professor Emeritus, University of Reading)

The Valists

In this paper I will asking a series of questions about the little known Valists who were an 1890s group consisting of Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, John Gray, Lucien Pissarro, Reginald Savage , and T. Sturge Moore which took its name from the Vale in Chelsea where Ricketts, Shannon and Savage lived. Many of the papers of its members were destroyed in the aftermath of the Wilde trial. My paper asks how you write history when much of the archive has disappeared ? How do we interpret passing references in the papers of their extended circle including Michael Field, and William Rothenstein and what can we surmise from a series of portraits by Shannon and other artists? Finally I ask what is the point of this research?

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Anna Gruetzner Robins is Professor Emeritus , University of Reading. She has written widely on cross culture exchange between Britain and France. Her publications include Modern Art in Britain 1910-1914, 1997, Walter Sickert: The Complete Writings on Art, 2000, ( with Richard Thomson) Degas, Sickert, Toulouse-Lautrec , Paris and London 1870-1910, 2005 , and A Fragile Modernism Whistler and his Impressionist Followers, 2007.She is currently completing a book on the 1890s.

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