The hundred years of the Swansea Arts Society’s life – believed to be a world record – are known to few people. They make a fantastic page of social history – earnest Victorian self-improvers banding together to go sketching and meet for mutual criticism, and admitting professional painters without realising what a conflict of interests they were creating; and the great figures of Grant Murray, Principal of the Art College, who took the Society under his wing. His colleagues and pupils are fittingly celebrated, by way of reparation for the neglect they have suffered in their city.
The Royal Institution of South Wales and the Glynn Vivian Gallery are both involved in the story. It is a frank and sympathetic appraisal of the Society’s achievements and disappointments – its activities, its social life and its annual exhibition doggedly carried on in the face of difficulties.
Christopher Davies Ltd., 1987. First edition. Hardback, 106 pages, mix of black and white, and colour illustrations. The book shows signs of age and use, dust cover has some wrinkling around the edges, otherwise in a good condition.
Please note, this book is second hand.