Brotherhood of Ruralists

A group of self-proclaimed ruralist painters "from the city who moved to the country" sharing broadly similar values: Peter Blake and his wife Jann Haworth, David Inshaw, Graham and Ann Arnold, and Graham and Annie Ovenden. They formed in 1975. The group were inspired by ideas of an English pastoral tradition. "We admire Samuel Palmer, Stanley Spencer, Thomas Hardy, Elgar, cricket, English landscape, the Pre-Raphaelites…". Blake, Haworth and Inshaw left the group in the early 1980s.
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The River Bank (1981) by David Inshaw. Inspired by Millais's Ophelia.

Long days and balmy nights. Summer in the countryside // Pennard House, Somerset DAVID INSHAW The River Bank (Ophelia), 1980

The Brotherhood of Ruralists at Coombe by Ann Arnold (1977). The "Coombe" of the title refers to the Coombe Valley in Cornwall. From left to right: David Inshaw, Graham Ovenden, Juliette Liberty Blake (young girl), Annie Ovenden holding Emily Ovenden, Jann Haworth, Peter Blake holding Daisy Blake, Edmund Ovenden (in tree), Friend of David Inshaw (on swing), Graham Arnold, Ann Arnold.

The brotherhood of Ruralists including David Inshaw, Graham Ovenden and various wives and children.

The Brotherhood of Ruralists (1976) at Peter Blake's house in Wellow, Somerset.

The Brotherhood of Ruralists at Peter Blake's house in Wellow, Somerset.

Jann Haworth was born in Los Angeles in 1942 and started her training at UCLA. She moved to England in 1961 and studied at the Slade School of Art until 1963. She married Peter Blake in 1963 and was a vital part of the development of Pop Art in Britain. The couple separated in 1979 and Haworth returned to the USA.

The Brotherhood of Ruralists Information Website is a collection of facts and images relating to this group of artists, aimed at collectors, dealers, researchers, etc.

Introduction and Allegro (1984) by Ann Arnold

"Introduction and Allegro"by Ann Arnold, 1984 (oil on canvas)

The Old Station, Wellow, Somerset (about five miles south of Bath) where Peter Blake and his then wife Jann Haworth lived. It was where the Brotherhood of Ruralists first met in 1975.

The Old Station, Wellow, Somerset (about five miles south of Bath) where Peter Blake and his then wife Jann Haworth lived. It was where the Brotherhood of Ruralists first met in

Brotherhood of Ruralists, Old Bond Street. Left-to-right: ?, David Inshaw, Graham Ovenden, Graham Arnold, Peter Blake

Brotherhood of Ruralists, Old Bond Street. Left-to-right: ?, David Inshaw, Graham Ovenden, Graham Arnold, Peter Blake

The Hill in Spring (1987) by Ann Arnold

"The Hill in Spring" by Ann Arnold, 1987 (oil on board)

The Brotherhood of Ruralists, Coombe (1977), photographed by Tony Evans. The source of Ann Arnold's painting.

The Brotherhood of Ruralists, Coombe photographed by Tony Evans. The source of Ann Arnold's painting.

The Signal Box at Wellow, Somerset, which Peter Blake and his then wife Jann Haworth converted into a studio in 1975.

The Signal Box at Wellow, Somerset, which Peter Blake and his then wife Jann Haworth converted into a studio in

Barley Splatt Hall. Drawing of the neo-Gothic house by Martin Johnson (1985). It was designed by Graham Ovenden in collaboration with Johnson.

Drawing of the neo-Gothic house by Martin Johnson It was designed by Graham Ovenden in collaboration with Johnson.

David Inshaw talking about the Brotherhood of Ruralists, Bristol Post, August 2008. "I left in 1983, and as far as I was concerned, that was the end of it...We had five or six years together and I thought that was long enough. By then, I wanted to be an individual. Still, the group thing was interesting. I loved the companionship."

David Inshaw talking about the Brotherhood of Ruralists, Bristol Post, August 2008. "I left in 1983, and as far as I was concerned, that was the end of it...We had five or six years together and I thought that was long enough. By then, I wanted to be an individual. Still, the group thing was interesting. I loved the companionship."

Owls in the Night by Annie Ovenden

Annie OVENDEN artist, paintings and art at the Red Rag British Art Gallery

The Annunciation (1985) by Graham Arnold

The Annunciation by Graham Arnold

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