This year’s Broadway Arts Festival (7th-19th June) celebrated the work of John Singer Sargent RA and garden designer Alfred Parson RA and featured works from Pissarro and Constable in a unique and quintessentially English setting.
Crown Fine Art worked with the festival organisers to pack, collect, store and deliver works for the festival from lenders all over the country including Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.
The biennial Broadway Festival takes place in the charming village of Broadway in the Worcestershire hills of the Cotswolds and celebrates the area’s artistic and cultural heritage.
Broadway’s 6th Earl of Beauchamp helped to instigate the Guild of Craftsmen’s move from London to the north Cotswolds, where the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement were nurtured and put into practice. Consequently many of Broadway's houses and gardens were built or altered during this time, by such talents as Prentice, Jewson, Bateman and Parsons, incorporating the ideals of the movement by embracing nature and traditional craftsmanship.
William Morris, one of the key figures in the Arts & Crafts movement, adopted Broadway Tower as his studio during the 1880s, and encouraged Alfred Parsons RA to visit Broadway. Francis Davis Millet, Edwin Austin Abbey RA, John Singer Sargent RA, George Henry Boughton RA, Edwin Howland Blashfield and Frederick Barnard all made Broadway their summer creative retreat.
Frank Millet rented Farnham House, where in 1885 his friend John Singer Sargent is thought to have started his celebrated painting 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose'. The work was completed in 1886 in the grounds of nearby Russell House, where the mediaeval Abbot's Grange had been converted into studios.