PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF NATALIE BARCLAY
Born in 1909, Natalie Barclay was an artist and ceramicist, as well as a muse and friend to many of the leading artists of her generation, including Mark Gertler, Christopher Nevinson and John Nash. Her remarkable beauty is captured in Gertler’s impressive and sensuous 1928 portrait of her called Supper (National Portrait Gallery, London).
In 1946 she married Robert Alexander (Bobby) Bevan, son of artists Robert Polhill Bevan and Stanislawa de Karlowska. Bevan worked for the London advertising agency S.H. Benson Ltd, and his distinguished career would lead to him becoming Chairman in 1953. In the year following their marriage Natalie and Bobby moved to Boxted House, near the Essex-Suffolk border of East Anglia, where they would live until his death in 1974. Their extraordinary art collection hung on the walls of the house, and included paintings by Bobby’s parents and their friends, Walter Sickert, Harold Gilman and Charles Ginner, as well as works by their own circle of friends, John Nash, Augustus John, Cedric Morris and John Armstrong.
In 1975 Minories Art Gallery in Colchester held an exhibition of the art from Boxted House, followed three years later by another at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury. Most recently in 2008 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art celebrated the collection in their exhibition, ‘From Sickert to Gertler, Modern British Art from Boxted House’.