John Cecil Stephenson

By the end of John Cecil Stephenson’s art school training – first a scholarship to Leeds Art School then to The Royal College of Art – he was in a position to produce, in a pro – fessional capacity, still lives, landscapes and portraits. Like many painters of his generation, who had received similarly conventional instruction, he became a competent teacher, appointed in 1922, as Head of Art at The Northern Polytechnic. In this mould Stephenson might have remained a largely undistinguished painter – but in the early 1930s he found him – self at the centre of a group of artists with avant-garde credentials, and his own art underwent a remarkable transformation. By 1934 he was exhibiting groundbreaking works such as Mask (CAT. 7), at the 7 & 5 Society, and in 1937 was a key contributor to the watershed publication and exhibition Circle, where his work was showcased alongside that of luminaries such as Kazimir Malevich, Le Corbusier, Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso. What led Stephenson to become, in the words of the celebrated art critic Herbert Read, ‘one of the earliest artists in the country to develop a completely abstract style’? His remarkable journey from figurative art to abstraction is brilliantly recounted in Peyton Skipwith’s essay John Cecil Stephenson, Pioneer of Abstraction.

Between March 1919 and November 1965, John Cecil Stephenson lived in London at No. 6 Mall Studios, off Tasker Road, Hampstead. As the father figure of what Read christened ‘a nest of gentle artists’, his next door neighbours included, during the course of the decade leading up to WW2, Barbara Hepworth, John Skeaping, Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore. Such fertile ground was further enriched by visits from artists fleeing persecution – including Piet Mondrian, László Moholy-Nagy and Alexander Calder – just a few of the many internationally acclaimed artists who whilst passing through London formed part of the art set who congregated around Read’s house at No. 3 Mall Studios.

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Works Featured in this catalogue

SKU: 11412

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Female nude, circa 1945-1950

£250.00

SKU: 11413

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Male Nude, circa 1945-1950

£250.00

SKU: 11421

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Female nude, circa 1945-1950

£1,800.00

SKU: 11422

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Female nude, circa 1945-1950

£1,200.00

SKU: 11423

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Vitroslab Designs, late 1930’s

£2,500.00

SKU: 11409

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Classical arch-top composition, circa 1930

£875.00

SKU: 11410

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Female nude, circa 1945-1950

£450.00

SKU: 11411

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Countryside – ( Study after Sel Cotman), circa 1930

£785.00

SKU: 11405

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Scottish mountain scene, 1930

£1,850.00

SKU: 11406

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

View over Quarry Park and the River Severn, Shrewsbury, circa 1930

£975.00

SKU: 11407

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Panoramic landscape

£840.00

On Loan
SKU: 11034

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Divertimento II
On Loan
SKU: 10573

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Clarabella, 1950
SKU: 10559

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstraction, 1934

£65,000.00

SKU: 9412

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Sketchbook ‘Simple Elements’, 1957

£1,950.00

SKU: 6570

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in blue, brown, orange and grey

£775.00

SKU: 6571

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in red, yellow, white and blue

£600.00

SKU: 6489

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in dark blue, red, brown green and yellow, 1950’s

£1,600.00

SKU: 6488

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in brown, blue, purple and green

£775.00

SKU: 5760

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Sketch for Triangle Series, 1938/39

£2,160.00

SKU: 5202

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract study in yellow, light and dark brown

£1,100.00

SKU: 4569

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Kneeling nude, c.1940

£3,700.00

SKU: 3886

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Blue, Red and Yellow triangles, circa 1938

£4,500.00

SKU: 3606

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Study for Fugue, 1953

£3,900.00

SKU: 3417

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Rondo. (Subtitled “a nous la liberte”)` 1953

£7,750.00

SKU: 2855

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Blue and yellow Figure circa 1946

£2,950.00

SKU: 2856

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Approved Design for Festival of Women’s House

£960.00

On Loan
SKU: 2609

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

The End of a Doodlebug, Hampstead Heath, 1945
SKU: 2074

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Accent, 1960
On Loan
SKU: 2076

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Uprights 1936/37
SKU: 2030

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in blue, yellow and brown, mid 1940’s

£1,900.00

SKU: 2031

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in blue, brown and light green

£1,000.00

SKU: 2032

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in yellow, orange and green. circa 1942

£975.00

SKU: 2033

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in dark and light blue and brown

£775.00

SKU: 2022

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in dark and light blue, green and brown

£1,000.00

SKU: 2023

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Untitled abstract study, circa 1944

£900.00

SKU: 2028

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in brown and blue, c. 1955

£875.00

SKU: 2018

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Study in mauve, blue and black, circa 1944

£775.00

SKU: 2007

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract study in maroon, blue and yellow

£850.00

SKU: 2013

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abstract in brown, yellow and blue, early 1940’s

£850.00

SKU: 1774

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Seated Female nude, rear view, 1944

£2,500.00

On Loan
SKU: 880

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Tita, circa 1960
On Loan
SKU: 872

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Monody, circa 1959
SKU: 874

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Three Graces, 1945
SKU: 875

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Perseus and Andromeda, 1945
SKU: 876

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Preliminary Study for Plyglass Mural Queen Mary’s College

£4,800.00

SKU: 868

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Abnegation, 1960
SKU: 869

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Carpriccioso, 1960

£9,600.00

SKU: 423

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Triple Life Study, three quarter rear view

£795.00

SKU: 428

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Seated Male Nude

£1,400.00

SKU: 429

John Cecil Stephenson (1889 - 1965)

Life Class, early 1930’s

£1,375.00