Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery is hosting Drawing Connections – a prestigious exhibition in January featuring contemporary work by members of the National Society of Graphic Fine Art and, from its own collection, drawings by Joseph Syddall RA.
The museum houses a collection of drawings by Syddall who, in his day, was regarded as one of the finest draughtsmen in England.
He is particularly known for his illustrations of the first publication in Graphic magazine of Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbevilles.
While he was alive Syddall never willingly parted with his work but following his death in 1942, he bequeathed his remaining collection to his long term friend Annea Spong, who in turn donated it to Chesterfield.
Founded in 1919, the Society of Graphic Fine Art promotes fine drawing skills in both traditional and contemporary media.
Today there are more than 130 elected members of the SGFA across the UK.
Sue Lewis Blake, is the only Derbyshire artist who is taking part in this exhibtion. Nine others have visited Chesterfield to see Syddall’s originals and to fill their own sketchbooks, connecting with aspects of his work but then developing individual, unique responses.
They include Sue Andrew, from Macclesfield; Oliver Lovely, of Nottinghamshire; the society president Jackie Devereux, from Peterborough whose work is pictured at the top; and Les Williams, from London, whose work is below.
The exhibition is open from January 21-March 31. There will be an official opening on January 20 from 5.30pm-7.30pm.