Letchworth Station, Hertfordshire, 1912.
©National Railway Museum/ Science & Society Picture Library
Oil painting by Spencer Frederick Gore (1878-1914). Gore went to Letchworth in August and November 1912, staying in the artist Harold Gilman's house. Letchworth Garden City was a planned new town and one of the major social developments of the early 20th century. The station opened in 1905 and by 1911the town had a population of over 6000. This is one of a series of paintings that Gore painted of the new town, all displaying intense bright colours and characteristic stylised forms. Gore trained at the Slade and was a founder member of the so-called Camden Town Group who had been heavily influenced by the Post-Impressionist exhibition held in London in 1910. Gore, who was President of the group, had also painted in France in 1904-1905 and met Sickert and Pisarro.