Robert Young Antiques to host exclusive George Smart celebration evening

Posted: 2016-04-25 12:11:29

BADA Folk Art experts Robert Young Antiques will be holding their annual exhibition of Antique Folk Art this May, and the highlight of this year’s event is sure to be an exclusive presentation on the iconic British ‘Folk Artist’ George Smart.

One of the great British folk artists of the 19th century, Smart was a tailor by trade and fashioned engaging naïve images from scraps of fabric he had in his workshop. His work is represented in many major private and public collections including Compton Verney, and was featured prominently in the Tate Gallery's 2014 Exhibition of British Folk Art 

The lecture will celebrate Jonathan Christie’s new book entitled ‘George Smart, the Tailor of Frant, Artist in Cloth and Velvet Figures’, which was published last month by Unicorn Press.

This exclusive event is limited to just 25 places on a first come/first served basis, and Robert Young Antiques recommend a donation of £10 in favour of the Tunbridge Wells Museum, who hold the largest collection of Smart’s work and were most cooperative in assisting Jonathan Christie in his research for the book.

The evening will open with drinks at 6.00pm, followed by an illustrated talk from Jonathan Christie at 6.30pm. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a Q & A with the author.

The George Smart celebration evening takes place on Thursday 12 May at Robert Young Antiques, 68 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3AG.

While the Exhibition of Antique Folk Art will be hosted at their Gallery from May 5-14th.

For more information on either event or to make a booking visit

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