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Companions of The Pastel Society:
Anthony J Lester,
Alec Reed CBE
Honorary Retired Members:
The Pastel Society was founded in 1898, and the first exhibition was held in the Royal Institute in Piccadilly. Founder members and early exhibitors included Brangwyn, Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler and G.F. Watts.
1870 The Société des Pastellists founded in Paris
1888 A Pastel Exhibition in London with British and French artists
1889 A Pastel Exhibition in London with British artists
1890 The Society of British Pastellists is formed
1890-91 Society ended
1898, Sept. The Pastel Society is formed. George Watts is elected President.
1898, Oct. George Watts declines Presidency but is made Hon. Member.
1899- Annual exhibitions held in Galleries of Royal Institute of Water Colour Painters
1926 Joint exhibition with The Pencil Society
1939-45 Annual exhibitions continued unlike many societies.
1970 The Society joined The Federation of British Artists at The Mall Galleries
1980’s-90’s Renaissance of Society through the enthusiasm and respected Presidents such as John Blockley and Tom Coates
1988 The Pastel Society amalgamated with the Pencil Society
At the heart of The Pastel today is that; “Membership of The Society will be granted through a strict assessment of technical skill, originality, innovation, enthusiasm and a willingness to promote the objectives and activities of The Society.”
We have added this final clause to emphasise to everyone that whilst the society must reflect and seek the highest values, this is not enough and by adding an equality statement, formalising the society as a charity that is open, friendly and yet professional.
To spread this message our website is developing, digital presence is growing and society membership is growing.