Hello dear friends,
This year has been one of the most remarkable years in the history of our gallery and I trust you will enjoy
and appreciate our highlights.
Our year started with the publication of “Looking Forward to the Past”, a celebration of the gallery’s notable history and a tribute to those illustrious forebears who have all had a hand in guiding and nurturing our honourable company through the last 277 years and in making it the success it is today.
Friends and clients gathered together on the 10th of January at Beauchamp Place to help us remember the giants of the past and to enjoy the spectacular exhibition of paintings and sculptures that had been carefully curated for this momentous event. Many of you, our loyal and cherished friends, left with a copy of our beautiful history book to remind you of the journey that we are on together in building your collections for you to enjoy.
It is the paintings and sculptures that we find and exhibit that go a long way to defining our year and this year we have found some exceptional works to buy, share, and enjoy. Breathtakingly beautiful post impressionist works by Gustave Loiseau, Henry Le Sidaner, and Pierre Eugène Montézin have been some of the notable highlights, whilst we have also been lucky enough to discover some gorgeous paintings by Georges Robin and Alexandre Jacob. Our work has been continuing in collating and writing the Catalogue Raisonné for both these highly rated masters.
Throughout the year we travelled far and wide, exhibiting our lovely collections and ever-so talented contemporary artists at shows around the UK and the USA. We delighted in bringing beautiful works of art and sharing them with friends old and new and adding many fresh enthusiasts to the Gladwell & Patterson family. The joy of our business is found in the mutual appreciation and enjoyment of our paintings and sculptures that we share with you and we are lucky to have the occasion to do so regularly at these events.
New shows abroad in San Francisco, Newport, Winnetka and the Hamptons added to our already extensive schedule with plans next year to include Charleston to our tours. At home, the RHS Chelsea Flower show, the Game Fair, and the Burghley Horse Trials provided notable and successful highlights. Whilst our two Gallery in the Garden events here at home at Molecey Mill allowed us to share some of our monumental sculptures and beautiful artworks with you in this special setting and we welcomed thousands of people through the gates to see and enjoy them.
At the end of March, Anthony and Shirley (Dad and Mum) moved from their beautiful home of 33 years in Shirley Hills to Lilac Farm up in Rutland to start a new chapter and to enjoy more time with their grandchildren. The transition has been a tremendous success and Dad still regularly comes into the galleries to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with the team. A team which Jack Baker joined in June straight from completing his studies in History of Art at Oxford Brookes University and he has been a super addition to the company.
Amidst all of the good things that have happened this year, we must take time to remember our dear friend Walter Dolphyn who left us so tragically and unexpectedly in early October. So fondly remembered and so spectacularly talented, Walter is sorely missed every day. We thank you dear friend for being part of our G&P family.
We head towards the end of the year much as we started, however - on a tremendous high. On 31st October we purchased, what we consider to be the best building in Stamford - Number 1, the High Street to move our Rutland gallery to. Extensive renovations are underway on this beautiful and historic gothic revival gem to bring out its innate character and charm, with the opening expected to be in the Spring. This exciting new chapter gives the business a stronger footing to continue its remarkable journey through time, and we are so excited to welcome you all to come and visit next year. The gallery in Beauchamp Place continues to thrive and its recent redecoration and revamp has been well received. It is our goal to display the paintings and sculptures in beautifully designed and attractive settings in both of our galleries going forwards.
We do hope to see many of you over the festive period and we would like to take this opportunity to thank
you all for sharing our mutual enjoyment of art. It is consistently such a joy. I’m sure you will also all join me in thanking our wonderful team for the enthusiasm and fun that they bring to the galleries and exhibitions each and every day.
With all my very best wishes,
Glenn and the team