Another idea for a small exhibition (which Len has considered) would be Clausen in London.
If it were possible to get hold of the right works, all the Carlton Hill interiors for example, it could be a major one.
Clausen was born in London, near Regent’s Park, went to St Mark’s College in Chelsea, worked under his father at Trollope’s the decorators in Chelsea, and then attended the South Kensington art schools. But where did he actually live in his youth? I am not sure that we know. I doubt that it was still Euston/Regent’s Park, since that is a long way from Chelsea. In the early 20th century, his father was living in Wandsworth (I don’t know the address), and in 1950 two of his sisters were still living in Wandsworth. So even in the 1860s and 70s that is where the family home might have been: this could be checked.
In 1876, when he is 24, we find him living with his older brother William, who had also worked at Trollope’s. Both of them had their first pictures accepted by the Royal Academy in that year, and we can be almost sure that they were living together because the RA catalogues give exhibitors’ addresses.
William’s exhibits are listed as architectural drawings. I’m not sure whether he studied at South Kensington. GC got a scholarship to go there. WC may have been thrown onto the world without that advantage. His 1876 drawing was Proposed Decoration of a Dining Room.
Here are GC’s and WC’s addresses up to and including 1882, according to the Royal Academy lists.
1876 WC - Moorepark (sic) Road, Fulham, GC - 19, Moore Park Road, Fulham
1877 no exhibits from either of them
1878 WC - no exhibit, GC - 4, The Mall, Haverstock Hill
1879 WC - Walham Green, GC - 4, The Mall, Haverstock Hill
1880 WC - Walham Green, GC - no exhibit
1881 WC - no exhibit, GC - 4, The Mall, Haverstock Hill
1882 WC - Walham Green, GC - 4, The Mall, Haverstock Hill
Note that the RA records GC as still living in London in 1882. When I’ve said that he moved to Childwick Green in 1881, I’ve been following his Autobiographical Notes, published in Artwork, no 25, spring 1931.
Moore Park Road is in Walham Green, which is in Fulham, so it looks as if WC may have remained at the same address, while Clausen moved to Hampstead, which was then just beginning to rival Chelsea as an artists’ quartier.
William died in June 1882. The Times notice on 13 June specifically states that William is the brother of George, the well-known painter, and it says that he died in Fulham. But it’s wrong in saying that he was only 27. It must be wrong, because we know that WC was George’s older brother. He even says that himself: we do not need to go back to birth certificates. According to JS’s records, William was born on 9 September 1850 – he was Jürgen’s, or George senior’s, first child – so he was 31 when he died.
When they lived together, for a year or two, it probably wasn’t as two bachelors – but I suppose George could have left at the moment William got married. William had three children – Fred, Maisie and William, known as Will – for whom George Clausen felt some responsibility when they became orphans. I have this information from JS. Who was William’s wife?
As William is an artist, I’ll give him a category of his own here.
When GC moved to the country in 1881 or ’2, it was for a long time. He’d married Agnes Webster on 1 June 1881 at King‘s Lynn. For nearly a quarter of a century he had no London home. He stayed with his family and friends when he went to town. According to Bruno Derrick, he was with La Thangue in Chelsea on the day of the 1901 census.
Then, in 1905, established, and with new responsibilities at the Royal Academy, he bought 61 Carlton Hill in St John‘s Wood. This was his home for the next 35 years, with Duton Hill as a country retreat from 1917.
He left Carlton Hill in 1940 - I believe it was 1940 because I’ve heard it was as the bombs were almost beginning to fall - to join the Derricks at Cold Ash. For the Times announcement of his Diamond Wedding in 1941, Cold Ash was recorded as a temporary address. He was assuming that he would return.
The Houses at the Back - Frosty Morning (RA 1913)