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Jan Gordon Artworks

Jan (Godfrey Jervis) Gordon (1882-1944) made art in a variety of media: pencil, watercolour, etching, oil paint and tempera.

Here I show a selection of paintings (in watercolour, oils and tempera), etchings and drawings made between about 1910 and the 1930s.

The Gordons exhibited publicly from 1909, for example, following their initial small Buxton show, in Ghent ( http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2014/05/jan-and-cora-gordon-in-ghent.html ) and, in Paris at the 1910 seventh annual Salon de la Gravure Originale en couleurs at the Galeries Petit. At this latter show it was reported that "Jan and Mrs. Cora Gordon show several very interesting decorative designs." See: http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/01/jan-and-cora-gordon-early-shows-1910-11.html

A critic reporting on the 1911 London Salon noted that, "There is much good black and white, including some fine little etchings of Jan Gordon." See: http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/06/jan-gordon-etchings-at-london-salon-1911.html

Colourful portrayals of two early Paris shows can be found in "GRADUS AD .... MONTPARNASSUM" (Blackwoods, March 1929).

A review of artworks shown by Jan and Cora Gordon at the Baillie Gallery in 1912 (a show which also appears in "Gradus ad ..") can be found here: http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-and-cora-gordon-at-baillie-gallery.html

For an account of an early tongue-in-cheek show of modern art in Munich (for their friends at the Künstlerpension Fürmann) see: http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-and-cora-gordon-with-luise-and.html

Accounts of these and later shows can be found via the following links:
-1912, Baillie Gallery, London. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-and-cora-gordon-at-baillie-gallery.html
-1913 (March) Galerie Henri Manuel, Paris. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/09/a-march-1913-exhibition-by-jan-and-cora.html
-1913 (December), Galerie Henri Manuel, Paris. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-and-cora-gordon-in-lhomme-libre.html
-1916. Walker's Galleries, London. http://www.janandcoragordonart.com/2017/01/a-1916-exhibition-of-sketches-from.html
-1919, Little Art Rooms, London. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-gordon-and-dazzleship-at-little-art.html
-1921, Burlington Gallery, London. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-and-cora-gordon-pictures-of.html ; http://www.janandcoragordonart.com/2020/02/a-1921-review-of-jan-and-cora-gordon.html
-1925, XXI Gallery, London. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/an-exhibition-by-jan-and-cora-gordon-at.html
-1931, XXI (Twenty One) Gallery London. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-and-cora-gordon-1931-exhibition-at.html
-1934. Lefevre Galleries, London. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/an-unfavourable-review-of-1934.html
-1934, Coventry Opera House. http://www.janandcoragordonart.com/2017/11/a-1934-exhibition-by-jan-and-cora.html
-1937. Lefevre Galleries, London. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/jan-and-cora-gordon-exhibition-of.html
-1944, Modern Gallery, London. http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-jan-gordon-memorial-exhibition-1944.html

Paintings in public galleries can be seen here: https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/view_as/grid/search/makers:jan-godfrey-jervis-gordon-18821944

A comment on Jan Gordon's WW1 art by Ezra Pound is discussed here: http://janandcoragordonart.blogspot.com/2016/02/ezra-pound-on-jan-gordons-war-paintings.html
Jan Gordon watercolour of a Ghent square, ca 1910. The Tipsy Dwarf, 1912. Exhibited Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Boats and houses, Sussex, probably WW1, by Jan Gordon. Author's collection. Mesylls 1918, by Jan Gordon. Watercolour, author's collection.
Jan Gordon Small Coast Town, Sennen Cove, Cornwall. Spanish drinkers by Jan Gordon Posada at Lorca, etching. Author's collection. Guitar concert at Puerto Lumbreras. Author's collection.
Carters in the posada, 1921. Author's collection. Dwarfs on the road from Almeria. Author's collection. Donkey in posada. I think that must be a watermelon about to be cut on the table.  Author's collection. A Plaza in Alhama. Author's collection.
Jijona street guitar concert. Author's collection. Emilio the guitar maker Gordon sketch of Ashley Wetherhead Smith Ashley Smith in his favourite chair by Jan Gordon. The chair is currently upholstered in red! Author's collection.
Back in London, flower sellers, 1930s, by Jan Gordon. The family on the right hand side may represent Doris, Pamela and Denis.  Blinkered horse and flower sellers, London. Coal shovellers, Bayswater, London. New Forest Glade (Savernake Wood), Jan Gordon. This painting was on my bedroom wall as I grew up, and also that of my brother.