Trouble at the Vale:
Chelsea Anarchists in the 1890s
Professor Anna Gruetzner Robins
(University of Reading)
Thursday 7 May, 5.15 pm
Barber Institute Photograph Room
The Vale, Chelsea, where the artists Ricketts and Shannon lived between 1888 and 1894 was one of the centres of bohemian London. Their circle included the poet John Gray, Oscar Wilde, the poets Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper who published under the names Michael Field, Lucien Pissarro and many others. Lucien Pissarro had well-established links with the French anarchists in exile in London and also in Paris, and several of the others were declared anarchists. This paper looks at this network, and discusses the ways in which their anarchist beliefs impacted on their art.
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