The Copleys of Hampstead
Gilden’s Art Gallery are delighted, in collaboration with Gordon Cooke, to present for the first time in
Hampstead a selection of important etchings and lithographs by John Copley and his wife Ethel Gabain. The
selected highlights are direct from the estates of the artists and are returning to Hampstead, their long-time
home, for this special exhibition. It is the first time since 1985 that there has been a joint show dedicated to
their work and we are privileged to present these original prints a stone’s throw away from their marital home
of 10 Hampstead Square.
Hampstead was often a source of subjects for them as well as where they lived and worked in their studios for
over 30 years. An Autumn Afternoon on Hampstead Heath is one of John Copley’s most evocative etchings, and
Ethel Gabain often posed her sisters, or any other available model in their home. Ultimately she found her ideal
model in Carmen Watson who sat for both artists regularly. Ethel Gabain’s sympathetic studies of young women
have stimulated a revival of interest in her work in recent years.
We look forward to welcoming you in our gallery to discover more about these talented artists.