FRIDAY CLUB

1905 - ?

The Friday Club was organised by Vanessa Bell hoping to create a 'Club' atmosphere, holding its first meeting in the summer of 1905 and its first exhibition in November of the same year. Among its early members were Clare Atwood, Edna Clarke-Hall, Mark Gertler, J. D. Innes, Derwent Lees and Henry Lamb. However, Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant ceased exhibiting with the club in 1913, having established a rival society - the Grafton Group. From 1910 until 1918 the Friday Club was based at the Alpine Club and by 1914 its membership included David Bomberg, Frederick Etchells, Christopher Nevinson, Edward Wadsworth, Bernard Meninsky and brothers John Nash and Paul Nash. The Group's exhibitions were held in small galleries in London such as Clifford’s Inn Hall in 1907, the Baillie Gallery in 1908 and from 1910 the Alpine Club. Their penultimate exhibition was at the Mansard Gallery with a final exhibition held in 1922.
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