Schwabe lived at 20 Church Row, Hampstead from 1928 and his wide circle of friends included some of the most important artists and writers living and working in Hampstead at that time. While conservative rather than revolutionary in his work and ideals, Schwabe was nonetheless well respected by fellow artists and was much in demand to serve on juries and national committees where his critical advice was sought including the War Artists’ Advisory Committee during the Second World War.
Known as a scholarly artist Schwabe was a sympathetic and kindly teacher who influenced a generation of students. By bringing together for the first time a selection of important works by Schwabe, his students and his contemporaries, including Mark Gertler, Duncan Grant, Daphne and George Charlton, Donald Towner, William Clause and Ethel Walker this exhibition at Burgh House & Hampstead Museum aims to encourage an appreciation and understanding of his life particularly in Hampstead and the impact it had upon his work and those around him.
This exhibition has been made possible with the kind support of Osbornes Law